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Funeral of Fra’ Matthew Festing, 79th Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, 3 December 2021

The Requiem Mass for Fra’ Matthew will be celebrated in St John’s Co-Cathedral, Valletta, Malta on Friday 3 December by Cardinal Silvano Maria Tomasi, the Pope’s Special Delegate to the Order of Malta and concelebrated by Charles Jude Scicluna, Archbishop of Malta, with burial in the Crypt of the Grand Masters.

The Lieutenant of the Grand Master, Fra’ Marco Luzzago will attend the ceremony.

The Crypt was created during the construction of the church in the late sixteenth century. It contains the remains of the first eleven Grand Masters, 1522 to 1623. Amongst them are Philippe Villiers de L’Isle Adam, Grand Master from 1521-1534, who brought the Order to Malta in 1530, Jean de La Valette (1557-1568), the hero of the Great Siege (1565) and who was also responsible for the building of Valletta and Jean L’Evesque de La Cassière (1572-1581) who in 1572 commissioned the church.

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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.


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