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Every 24 June, the nativity of the patron saint of the Order of Malta, St John Baptist, is celebrated by its members around the world

This year is different

London, 24 June 2020

Because of the pandemic there are no church services in Britain to mark the day, traditionally celebrated with ceremonies at the Brompton Oratory, and with decorations awarded to members and volunteers in recognition for their work to help those in need.

Packing parcels for the homeless

However, the Order’s work to support the poor and the sick continues, including packing parcels of clothing and necessities for the homeless, and special activities to reach out to the lonely, housebound or in institutions, with cards, telephone calls, gifts of flowers and chocolates so that they know they are not forgotten. 

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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.