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MIMIC Orders

The Sovereign Military Order of Malta wishes to point out the proliferation all over the world of bodies and associations which, using symbols and names not unlike those of the Order, are trying to represent themselves as legitimate and recognised orders of Saint John. Besides creating misunderstanding and confusion, they hurt the good will the Order has established over many years.

These organisations have no connection whatsoever with the Sovereign Military Order of Malta whose headquarters is located in Rome, at Via Condotti 68, and which maintains formal diplomatic relations with over 100 States and International Organisations. It is also recognised by the United Nations and by the Holy See.

Caution is strongly recommended when considering proposals or appeals from organisations claiming to be the ‘Order of Malta’ or the ‘Order of Saint John’.
Please have their authenticity confirmed by one of our Grand Priories, National Associations or Diplomatic Missions. For a complete list of the Order’s entities, please visit: ‘Around the World’ section. For further information:
Note of clarification from the Vatican Secretariat of State.



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.