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Lieutenant ad interim meets members, doctors and volunteers of the Order of Malta

‘Thank you for your commitment to the fight against Covid 19′

Rome, 12 June 20

Lieutenant ad interim: Thank you

In the garden of the Magistral Villa in Rome, the Lieutenant ad interim, Fra’ Ruy Gonçalo do Valle Peixoto de Villas Boas, met a delegation of Order of Malta members, doctors, paramedics and volunteers. 

Fra’ Ruy Villas Boas acknowledged the untiring work of all present and noted ‘…all that has been achieved in these last difficult months by the three Grand Priories and their delegations, the Italian Association, the Military Corps, the Italian Relief Corps, the San Giovanni hospital, the clinic in Via delle Carrozze and the First Aid Post in St. Peter’s Square.’ 

Lieutenant ad interim Fra Ruy Villas Boas and Grand Chancellor Albrecht Boeselager

And he commended ‘…the dedication and love with which thousands of members and volunteers in our Grand Priories, National Associations, delegations and Order of Malta relief corps worldwide have brought aid and assistance to the sick, to their families, to the isolated elderly, to the poor and to the marginalised.’ 

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