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Grand Magistry announces death of H.E. the Lieutenant of the Grand Master Fra’ Marco Luzzago

The death is announced of the Lieutenant of the Grand Master, Fra’ Marco Luzzago, who has died today in Italy. The Order of Malta mourns his passing. Details of the funeral will follow shortly. The Grand Commander, Fra’ Ruy Villa Boas takes over as head of the Order until a new head is elected.

Lieutenant of the Grand Master, Fra’ Marco Luzzago

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