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Grand Master sends best wishes to Pope Francis

Yesterday Grand Master Fra’ John Dunlap sent a message of good wishes and closeness to Pope Francis, who had been hospitalised at the Policlinico Gemelli in Rome after surgery.

The Grand Master conveyed his closeness and that of the entire Order of Malta to the Holy Father in this delicate moment for his health and wished him a speedy recovery.

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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.