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Cold winter nights, hot soup, warm company

Soup kitchen of the Order of Malta Companions greets 100 guests every week

London, 29 November 2018

Companions of the Order of Malta soup kitchen: the line-upThe soup kitchen last night: 110 hot water bottles prepared for the Christmas party. 100 coats unpacked. 5 crates of books sorted for the library. Toiletries for Christmas parcels completed.

The volunteer line-up last night: two hairdressers working incredibly hard getting through the large volume of requests; the kitchen team; the table helpers; the pianist with a medley of musical genres on the piano.

The soup kitchen runs every Thursday evening, with around 100 guests welcomed each week. One explains: ‘It’s really the company I come for. It can be lonely on the streets. I appreciate the care and welcome I get here.’ 

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The mission of the Order of Malta is inspired by its tradition of ‘Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum', to assist the poor and the sick, and bear witness to the Christian faith.


The Sovereign Order of Malta is a sovereign subject of international law. The Order - which is based in Rome, in via Condotti - has its own Government, an independent magistracy, and bilateral diplomatic relations with 110 countries.


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