Pope Francis receives Lieutenant of the Grand Master Fra’John Dunlap
At the traditional papal audience for 24 June, Feast of the Order’s patron saint, John the Baptist, the Order of Malta updates His Holiness on its works worldwide. Each year has its focus and this year it is the Order’s remarkable work in Ukraine and the surrounding countries. The Order’s medical and social activities in the Middle East were also outlined.
Since 24 February, Order teams have worked tirelessly to support Ukraine IDPs and refugees. The aid includes medical and social assistance, distribution of meals and medicines and first aid goods, transport and accompaniment services, reception points located in various locations in Ukraine and neighbouring countries.
Pope Francis commended the Order in its continued commitment to the victims of war and many world conflicts.
The Order’s constitutional reform was also addressed. The Pope encouraged the Lieutenant of the Grand Master to work to find the broadest possible consensus on the changes that must strengthen and unite the Order of Malta.