The Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre, was received today in Paris by Audrey Azoulay, Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The bilateral meeting between the Grand Master, accompanied by Grand Chancellor Albrecht Boeselager and Grand Hospitaller Dominique de La Rochefoucauld, and Madame Azoulay flanked by presidents of the 40th General Conference and Executive Board, took place in a climate of mutual cooperation, similar to all the Order’s diplomatic missions to the United Nations agencies, initiated in 1994.
Milan, November 21, 2019
It was June 2015, when the first Charity Dinner was organized in the Principality of Monaco in favor of the “Make a WISH” project. It was a success both for the participants and for the important collection of contributions.
It is four years later that the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta decides to organize a second Charity Dinner in anticipation of substantial financial commitments for supporting even more WISHES. And this time in Milan. The idea was presented to the new Lombardy Delegate Niccolò d’Aquino di Caramanico and immediately welcomed, so the organizational machine was set in motion masterfully managed by our Embassy Secretary Mauro Torre.
Belgrade, Nov. 19, 2019
This year as well, the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta wanted to take active part in the “World Day of the Poor” thus affirming the millennial charism of the Order “Obsequium Pauperum” (“Assistance to the poor”) and its constant commitment to give people in need the chance of a life in health and dignity, both at an international level and in Serbia.
Serbia – Milan (Italy), October 29
There is a Hospital in Italy considered as a Centre of excellence at the international level: Monzino Cardiology Centre in Milan. Both for medical staff and equipment, Monzino is a destination for people who need a world-leading care.
Seregno (Italy) – Izvor (Serbia) – Taiwan
For many years now, the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Belgrade has been offering support to the Institution St.Petka, taken care by the Monastery in Izvor, while receiving their numerous WISHES. This brilliant Center hosts 92 girls with physical and mental disabilities.
Kraljevo, October 15
In the city of Kraljevo, a Center – SOS Children’s Village – that houses 77 children up to 18 years of age has been operating successfully from 2004. SOS Children’s Village represents unique concept in Serbia when it comes to assisting children who cannot live with their biological parents for various reasons.
Rome, July 26
The Order of Malta expresses deep condolences for the killing of the 35-year-old carabiniere, Mario Cerciello Rega, which took place the night between 25 and 26 July in the Prati neighborhood in Rome. The vice-sergeant had been serving since 2009 as a volunteer for the Roman delegation of the Order of Malta, distributing meals to the homeless and to people in need at the Termini and Tiburtina stations. A constant and regular commitment he carried out with dedication and passion. This is why in 2013 he was awarded a Merito Melitense award.
“He has always been participating in street interventions scheduled twice a week in the late evening, in critical Capitoline areas such as the major railway stations where it is most likely to find marginalized people and people in need”, as stated in the motivation for the awarding of a bronze medal with swords from the then Grand Prior of Rome, Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto, current Grand Master of the Order of Malta.
“A terrible loss for the whole community. We have lost a generous, loyal man with a profound sense of responsibility. The Order of Malta joins the family of Mario Cerciello Rega and condemns this vile act of violence, “said the Grand Master.
Mario Cerciello Rega also participated in the Order of Malta’s pilgrimages to Lourdes and Loreto, together with his wife, who is also a volunteer of the Order, where she dedicated herself to caring for the sick.
As part of the “Make a WISH to the Sovereign Order of Malta” Project, sometimes it is very delicate to assess the requests received at the Embassy. In the last example, the choice and the decision to intervene were rapid because of the difficult medical case that could no longer be postponed.
Belgrade, June 22, 2019
This year as well, the Festivity of St. John the Baptist, Patron of the Order of Malta (organized two days prior to Festivity date, June 24) was celebrated in a context of humanitarian diplomacy and culture.
The ideals of the mission of the Order of Malta have been fused with the values of music in the stupendous representation of the famous Opera “La Boheme” by Giacomo Puccini, at the National Theater in the Serbian capital, whose protagonists were the Canadian soprano Claire Coolen , the American tenor Joshua Kohl and the italian bass-baritone Jacopo Buora.
Belgrade, Orthodox Easter
We have received at the Embassy, and willingly share with you, the photos taken on the day of Orthodox Easter at the “Shelter for children”. It was a moment of joy with typical sweets for Easter celebrations. Maybe they weren’t exactly conforming to the characteristics of a “Hot meal …”, but they certainly responded to the spirit of wanting to help these kids find small moments of joy and lightheartedness.