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Global communication conference in Rome

Workshops, presentations, panels and debates took place during 23 and 24 September at the Order’s Magistral Villa in Rome. More than 60 participants attended, representing some 30 countries in which the Order of Malta’s Grand Priories, Associations or relief and volunteer corps operate. Delegates came from European countries, Hong Kong, Australia, South Africa, the United States and Mexico.

The central theme was the strengthening of the Order of Malta’s message and image, and the cooperation between the different bodies, in light of the numerous crises in the world.

The meeting, postponed since 2020 because of the pandemic, was an opportunity to present the latest projects of the Grand Magistry, the Order’s central government, including a new intranet and the training centre. Best practices adopted by the various communications departments in these months of multiple humanitarian crises – from covid to the war – were exchanged, as well as encouraging the synergies of an institution present in 120 countries with their range of problems and needs.

Grand Chancellor Riccardo Paternò di Montecupo, in his opening remarks, thanked the participants for their commitment in promoting and describing the Order of Malta’s projects to a worldwide community.

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