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Every new year the Grand Master traditionally greets the diplomatic corps accredited to the Sovereign Order of Malta

His address illustrates the Order’s ongoing works for the poor and the sick around the world

Rome, 8 January 2019

Grand Master Dalla Torre addresses the diplomatic corps accredited to the Sovereign Order of Malta

After his welcome and exchange of new year greetings, Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre outlined the Order’s special role in the humanitarian and international scenario and its current focus on care for migrants and refugees, as its work has become increasingly visible on the international stage. 

A video from Rome Reports covered the event: 

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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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