In addition to the project “Make a WISH to the Order of Malta”, the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta has been providing for years valuable support to the Shelter for Children in Belgrade through the project “A hot Meal in a cold Winter”. The Shelter is an institution which provides assistance to the most vulnerable categories of young people from all over Serbia. These are children aged 7 to 18, often victims of violence, abuse and neglect, victims of human trafficking, children without parental care.
Belgrade, Christmas 2020
“Make a WISH to the Sovereign Order of Malta” continues its engagement
and collects children’s wishes from Serbia even in the time of Covid-19.The Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Belgrade wants to participate, together with HRH Crown Prince Aleksandar Karadjordjevic and Princess Katarina, in the common aim of making Christmas sweet and with special greetings to kids in Children’s Homes.
Kovin, November 15
For the Sovereign Order of Malta, the Fourth World day of the poor is not only a moment of participation but it is, above all, a moment of help. This is the reason that the Embassy of the Order of Malta in Belgrade decided to give help to the Psychiatric Hospital “Kovin” in Kovin. It is the largest psychiatric hospital in the Republic of Serbia that deals with the treatment of neuropsychiatric patients from the entire territory of Serbia. It has over 600 beds for hospital treatment and for specialist visits also in day hospital.
Fra’ Marco Luzzago has been elected with a large majority Lieutenant of the Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta. The Council Complete of State, the electoral body, met on 7 and 8 November in the Magistral Villa in Rome, one of the Order of Malta’s two institutional seats. All phases of the election were caried out in full compliance with anti-Covid measures.
There were 44 participants at the Council Complete of State out of the 56 entitled to vote. They came to Rome from Argentina, Peru, the United States, Lebanon, France, Sweden, Austria, Germany, Holland, Spain, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Malta and Italy.
On 29th April, Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto, Prince and 80th Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta died in Rome. According to article 17 of the Constitution, the Grand Commander, Fra’ Ruy Gonçalo do Valle Peixoto de Villas-Boas has assumed the functions of Lieutenant ad Interim and will remain at the head of the Sovereign Order of Malta until the election of the new Grand Master.
The Lieutenant ad Interim has convened the Council Complete of State for November 7 and 8, 2020. The most rigorous protocols will be applied in all the phases to avoid contagion from Covid-19.
Belgrade – Istanbul, November
Sometimes the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta to the Republic of Serbia receives extremely urgent requests for help. As part of the Embassy project “Make a WISH to the Sovereign Order of Malta”, we recently received one of these “WISHes”. The request for an emergency operation was sent to us by a gentleman from Serbia, artist and professor at the University of Belgrade. He was in need of urgent surgical intervention with Gamma knife, ie. intracranial stereotactic radiosurgery technique. For this type of surgery, it is necessary to have advanced equipment that allows the application of high doses of radiation with extreme precision to the target structure of the skull (nerve, ganglion or brain area) while preserving the surrounding structures. There are few of them in Serbia and the waiting list for this intervention is very long.
Belgrade, July-October 2020
It seems so far in time when on July 31, 2019 we received a “Make a WISH” request from the Clinical Center of the Republic of Serbia. Their desire was to introduce a new procedure into the clinical practice – Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) which is used to relieve pain and spasticity in children with cerebral palsy. For these young patients the only possibility for medical treatment was to be sent abroad, at the expenses of the National Health Service. The very expensive treatment of Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy is a surgical method that partially intersects certain sensitive fibers in the spinal canal.
Monastery in Izvor, Sept. 2020
Recently, we visited once again the Institution St.Petka, taken care by the Monastery in Izvor. This time we were accompanied by the Elder Borivoje Borac and 4 young missionaries and volunteers from LDS Charities.
Belgrade, July 9
Epidemiological situation in Serbia is worsening: 13 deaths were recorded yesterday and 299 new cases.
A situation is particularly alarming in Belgrade, therefore the President Aleksandar Vucic has announced reintroduction of new restrictive measures that have been abolished in the past few weeks. Gatherings of more than five people are thus prohibited, while curfew will be reintroduced from Friday to Monday, probably from 18 h on Friday to 5 h on Monday morning.
Niš, June 24
We have been celebrating for years our National Day, St. John the Baptist, at the National Theater in Belgrade by organizing an event of cultural diplomacy. On that occasion, prominent artists from abroad would enter the Opera stage with the performance of one of the famous Italian operas. This year, due to Covid-19 pandemic, we have not been able to continue our tradition. So we tried to find the way – coherent with our mission – to celebrate the almost one thousand years of the history of our Order.