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The new constitution of the Order of Malta

Pope Francis yesterday promulgated the new Constitution and Code* of the Order of Malta and appointed a provisional Sovereign Council.

The Constitutional Charter and Code, the texts of which are available here*, enter into force yesterday, 3 September 2022.

The oath of office was taken in the afternoon in the Magistral Palace during the Sovereign Council* in the presence of the Lieutenant of the Grand Master Fra’ John T. Dunlap, the Grand Commander Fra’ Emmanuel Rousseau, the Grand Chancellor Riccardo Paternò di Montecupo, the Grand Hospitaller Fra’ Alessandro de Franciscis and the Receiver of the Common Treasure Fabrizio Colonna, and entered into full power.


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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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