His Holiness Patriarch Irinej blesses the project “Make a WISH”

Amb. Alberto di Luca

Belgrade, November 27

The Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church, His Holiness Irinej, received today in the Patriarchy of Belgrade the Ambassador of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Alberto di Luca, who illustrated the new project created by the Embassy called “Make a WISH to the Sovereign Order of Malta”.

His Holiness, with fatherly affection, has expressed his appreciation for this original initiative to be proposed to elementary schools of the Serbian territories recently hit by the severe floods.

At the end of the visit, in renewing to Ambassador di Luca his esteem for the humanitarian efforts of the Order in Serbia, the Patriarch expressed fervent good wishes for the success of the project and gave his blessing to the Ambassador and to all the collaborators of the Order in Serbia.

Council of Europe and the Order of Malta

Belgrade, November

The Head of the Council of Europe Office in Belgrade, Tim Cartwright, and Ambassador Alberto di Luca met at the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta. During the pleasant meeting were mainly treated issues related to the millennial history of the Sovereign Order of Malta and its mission in the world and in Serbia. Tim Cartwright, recently appointed in Serbia, expressed to Alberto di Luca his compliments for the activities of the Order around the world and for the future projects in Serbia.

The commitment to “A hot meal on a cold winter’s day”

Belgrade, November 24th

Had gathered last March, at the ending of the initiative of the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Serbia, to decide on the possibility of a second edition; and on Monday, November 24th the Ambassador Alberto di Luca, welcomed the Director of Caritas to the Embassy in Serbia, Miloje Veljic, accompanied by the coordinator Miodrag Zivkovic, to assess the possible repetition of the initiative of the Sovereign Order of Malta, in collaboration with Caritas. Eventually it was unanimously agreed on an encore. Also in Sabac and Aleksinac, the initiative will be repeated, with a little variation; instead of a meal to be consumed in an outdoor environment, lunch tickets will be offered by the Embassy of the Sovereign Order in Belgrade, for a typical Serbian hot dish from the contracted bakeries. If the time required for the organization and agreements with the suppliers allows it, the initiate could start before (Catholic) Christmas.

The engagement of Prince Alexander II by the side of the Order of Malta

Belgrade, November 2014

During a long and cordial meeting that took place at the Royal Palace in Belgrade, Ambassador Alberto di Luca has presented to the Prince Alexander II – Confrere in the Order of Malta for over 30 years with the highest rank reserved for heads of European Christian Dynasties – the project especially designed for the children from the tragically hit flooded areas of Serbia from last spring.

The Prince – in a spirit of human solidarity and dedication that has always characterized his personal commitment and that of his family, wanting to emphasize to Ambassador di Luca the brotherhood that unites all the members of the Order of Malta – has highly appreciated the initiative and gave his willingness to join the newly-formed organizational Commission of the event with its addictive title: “Make a WISH to the Sovereign Order of Malta.”

Pope Francis appoints Raymond Leo Burke Cardinalis Patronus of the Sovereign Order of Malta

Rome, 8 November 2014
Cardinal  Raymond Leo Burke has been appointed Cardinalis Patronus Pope Francis.
Raymond Leo Burke of the Sovereign Order of Malta by His Holiness Previously Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, he succeeds Cardinal Paolo Sardi, who was appointed Patron
of the Sovereign Order of Malta in 2009 by Pope Benedict XVI. “I extend a warm welcome to Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, who is from today the new Cardinalis Patronus of the Order of Malta, and I sincerely thank Pope Francis for his appointment,” the Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Fra’ Matthew Festing, announced. “This role has hitherto been very capably held by Cardinal Paolo Sardi and I express my deepest gratitude, and that of all the Order’s members, for his great commitment and devotion over the past five years. He will remain one of our most eminent and esteemed confreres.”
Cardinal Burke has been a member of the Order of Malta since June 2011. The Cardinalis Patronus of the Order of Malta is the Pontiff’s representative to the Sovereign Order of Malta and has the task of promoting its spiritual interests and that of its 13,500 members, as well as being responsible for relations with the Holy See. The Cardinalis Patronus is a distinctive element of the strong centuries-old links between the Vatican and the Order of Malta.
In 2013 the Sovereign Order of Malta celebrated the 900th anniversary of its official recognition by the Holy See as a lay religious order.
The  Sovereign Order of Malta’s mission is  embodied in the motto Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum, or witness to the faith and assistance to the poor and the suffering. Through its social work and healthcare activities in 120 countries the Order assists the poor, the sick and victims of
war and social exclusion without distinction as to race or religion.