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Lourdes: first Order of Malta international pilgrimage since 2019

The clouds cleared over the basilica of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Lourdes as members, volunteers and malades came together in procession to make the Order’s traditional annual pilgrimage to the site of the miracle of Bernadette, the first since the pandemic. Thousands of pilgrims from Order organisations from around the world then took part in the International Mass, celebrated by the Order’s cardinal patronus, Cardinal Silvano Maria Tomasi.

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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.