The Holy Father received the President of Serbia Tomislav Nikolic

Last September 11th, in the Vatican, the Holy Father received His Excellency Mr. Tomislav Nikolic, president of the Republic of Serbia. During the cordial meeting, among the topics discussed were the good relations between the Holy See and Serbia, Serbia’s progress towards full integration in the European Union, as well as the difficult condition of Syrian and Iraqi refugees that are crossing the borders during these recent days.
No news were given out about a possible Papal visit to Serbia, a visit that President Nikolic and his Government highly desires and for which a lot of effort has been put into by the Apostolic Nuncio in Belgrade, H.E. Msgr. Orlando Antonini, during his mission in Serbia, that is nearing to completion.
Ambassador Alberto di Luca, and all the collaborators of the Order’s Embassy in Belgrade, address a grateful and heartfelt thanks to H.E. Msgr. Antonini, for his exemplary and fruitful, diplomatic and pastoral work, always devoted to ecumenical fraternity between Catholics and Orthodox’ and to the common, spiritual and civic good of the Serbian society.

Emergency humanitarian assistance for refugees between Serbia and Hungary

Those who escape from the tragedies of war, persecution and hunger – forced, to survive, to abandon their lands and seek political asylum in another country – are always and unquestionably a humanitarian issue.
This is why the Sovereign Order of Malta, as evidenced by its millenary history – without ever considering the diversity of origins, religious faith and political orientation – is always present where the most acute is the need to help, to assist, to heal.
The “closure” of the border between Serbia and Hungary caused more serious problems and great difficulties for refugees from Syria and the surrounding areas for years ravaged by fierce fighting.
Following these sad developments, the flow of immigrants to the Europe Union will try to follow new routes and, for those who are already in Serbia, will attempt to enter via Croatia.
In spite of that, many refugees are still on the border between Serbia and Hungary.
The Order of Malta, since the beginning of this painful situation, is active in all areas involved thanks to the generous commitment of the Hungarian association and tireless leadership of the Ambassador in Budapest, the Archduke Michael von Habsburg Lothringen, that has sent, together with volunteers of the relief, vehicles as a first aid to those most in need.

Continues the collaboration between Monzino (Milan) and the hospital KBC Zvezdara (Belgrade)

Belgrade, September 10th 2015

Continues the collaboration between the only entirely cardiological hospital in Europe, the Monzino of Milan, and the University Medical Center Zvezdara of Belgrade.

A significant amount of beds and medical equipment has been in fact donated by Monzino to Zvezdara.

The official delivery has been made to the new Director, Prof. Dr. Petar Svorcan, by Ambassador Alberto di Luca and Dr. Carlo Buora, that in addition to playing the important role of First Counsellor is also the Chairman of Monzino.

Words of gratitude have been received by the vertices of the Serbian hospital together with the hope of a continuing collaboration with the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta.

Make a Wish to the Sovereign Order of Malta

Belgrade, September 9th 2015

On Tuesday, October 13th, will be held the ceremony of handover of the WISHES as conclusion of the charity project initiated in 2014 by the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta to Serbia
For logistical reasons, related to the distance between the various cities affected by the floods of May 2014, it was decided to split the ceremony between Sid and Ljig.
Of the approximately 3,500 letters written by elementary school children, and sent to our Embassy in Belgrade, about 1,500 have been selected for which the necessary founding has been found.
The two pillars of this generosity, that made possible the “delivery” of about 1,500 WISHES, were the success of the charity-dinner that took place, on June 19th, at the Twiga of Monte Carlo (see the article on other page of our website ) and the precious support of our friends from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taipei which, through the Taiwanese representative office in Hungary, confirmed two days ago to the Embassy the donation for 65 bicycles, 2 wheelchairs and 300 chairs and desks for young Serbian students.
We renew our fervent thanks to the tireless organizers of the event in the Principality of Monaco – HRH Prince Michael of Yugoslavia, Flavio Briatore and Luca Marzocco – and their distinguished guests, as well as to the Government of Taipei that, once again, proved its availability for solidarity and cooperation with the humanitarian activities of the Sovereign Order of Malta.

Serbian Parliament: meeting with the Group of friendship Serbia-Order of Malta

Belgrade, July 23rd

With a warm and now already familiar atmosphere of cooperation, the Vice President of the Serbian Parliament and Chairman of the Group of friendship Serbia-Order of Malta, Hon. Vladimir Marinkovic welcomed, in the Parliament of Belgrade, Ambassador of the Sovereign Order in Belgrade, Alberto di Luca. At the meeting, which was attended by several MP’s, including the Head of the PAM Serbian Delegation (Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean), Hon. Nevena Stojanovic, Hon. Sasa Maksimovic, Hon. Vesna Rakonjac, Hon. Velinka Tosic, Hon. Branko Djurovic and Hon. Nebojsa Tatomir, unanimous was the consent and the gratitude expressed by the Serbian Parliamentarians for the important charity-dinner held in Monte Carlo on June 19th  in favor of the project “Make a Wish” aimed at boys and girls residing in the flooded areas of last May 2014.
There were also discussions for other humanitarian initiatives and projects for 2016. The meeting ended with the invitation of the Ambassador Alberto di Luca at the ceremony of “delivery” of the WISHES which will be held on October 13th.