Covid masks for the Orthodox Church

Belgrade, Church of St. Petka

Emergencies, daily needs, especially during the Covid pandemic, must not make us forget the history and beauty of a city. Adjacent to the walls of the Belgrade fortress – Kalemegdan, there is an oldest Belgrade church built in honor of St. Petka, great Balkan Christian-Orthodox ascetic. Constructed on the spot of the miraculous wellspring of St. Petka in 1937, next to previously errected Church Ružica, this chapel, in fact, represents the new version of much older chapel (built around 1400 ) which was later destroyed.

A hot Meal in a cold Winter

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.

Stay children and keep dreaming: we remain close to you!

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.

4th Day of the Poor

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 elected Lieutenant of Grand Master of Sovereign Order of Malta

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.

The Council Complete of State meets 7 and 8 November

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.

Make a WISH, even outside of the border!

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.

Joint project “Make a WISH“ together with the Ministry of Health in favor of children

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.

Make a WISH from Izvor

 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.

Covid-19: reintroduction of curfew

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.