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Greater efforts against human trafficking are needed

Grand Master’s annual address to the diplomatic corps

Rome, 10 January2020

Grand Master addresses the diplomatic corps
Grand Master addresses the diplomatic corps

  Grand Master addresses the diplomatic corps

The Grand Master, Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto, received today the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Sovereign Order of Malta for the traditional audience of the beginning of the new year. The audience took place at the Magistral Villa in Rome.

In his address, which detailed the Order’s work around the world over the last year for those in great need, the Grand Master called for greater action in the fight against human trafficking, for more awareness of the contribution that faith based organisations and institutions make on the field of humanitarian assistance, and for the need to protect human rights and dignity.  

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