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Anniversary of Fra’ Giacomo dalla Torre, 80th Grand Master

29 April 2021

A year ago today, the beloved Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Fra’ Giacomo dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto, died in Rome. The legacy he has left the Order’s thousands of members is of deep spirituality, great personal warmth and commitment to care for those in need.

Lieutenant of the Grand Master, Fra’ Marco Luzzago, has invited all the Order of Malta’s members to “unite in prayer in remembrance of an honest, generous and profoundly religious man who lived his life in the service of the needy, of the Sovereign Order of Malta and of the Catholic Church. During this long and difficult year we’ve all been nostalgic about his smile, his gentle manner, his extraordinary humanitarian drive and his authentic spirituality.”

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