The Order’s Hospitallers meet to discuss the challenges of current crises
Rome, 25-27 March
The Order of Malta held its 28th Hospitaller Conference last weekend in Rome. Some 100 participants – the Hospitallers of the Order’s national Association and representatives of the Order of Malta’s many relief and volunteers corps – attended. The international conference is the first since the covid pandemic outbreak two years ago.
In his opening address, the Grand Hospitaller explained how the multiple crises we are facing are being confronted by the Order of Malta, in swiftly adapting to the new situations and taking action.
The war in Ukraine and the humanitarian crisis were at the heart of the conference discussions, with an overview of the main actions underway with the Order’s Grand Priories, Associations, relief corps and by Malteser International, the worldwide relief agency of the Order of Malta. A member of Order of Malta Ukraine was also present and gave a touching account of the dramatic situation unfolding in the country.
A special meeting between Malteser International, the Order’s international relief service, and the Order’s Associations and Relief Corps working to assist the Ukrainian population (OMRO), discussed logistics, transport, coordination, stress management, information exchange and long-term plans for the region and the support the Order can provide.