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Order of Malta observes World Day of the Poor

Commitment to helping those in need affirmed

London, 17 November 2019                                         

World Day of the Poor: a helping hand

Around the world today the Order of Malta has observed Pope Francis’ World Day of the Poor. Every day in 120 countries the Order of Malta reaches out to help society’s poor – whether poor in spirit or poor in circumstance.

In London, members and volunteers at the Order’s soup kitchen in Marylebone offer each week a warm supper and company to over a hundred homeless guests, another provides food on Monday evenings in a central London square, while in Soho a weekly hot breakfast is prepared for those in need. Elsewhere there are soup kitchens in Colchester and Oxford.

During 2018 over 1,000 daycare centres managed by the Order of Malta throughout the world offered medical care, psychological support, basic necessities, meals and hot drinks, as well as access to showers and laundry for the homeless or those living in a state of poverty.

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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.


The Order of St John of Jerusalem is one of the oldest institutions of Western and Christian civilisation. Present in Palestine in around 1048, it is a lay religious Order, traditionally of military, chivalrous, noble nature.