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.
The assembly has elected the members of the government for the next five years.
Chaired by Grand Master Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto, the Chapter General of the Sovereign Order of Malta was held in the Magistral Villa in Rome on 1 and 2 May.
We have received one request, one WISH, from the Focolare Movement. A man close to the Focolare has been ill for many years and needed an important intervention. The case was reported to the Embassy asking if we could include it in the Make a WISH Project. The response was favorable and we proceeded. Alongside the support, there was also a moment of prayer on the occasion of Holy Mass celebrated by the Catholic Archbishop of Belgrade Mons. Stanislav Hocevar to remember 11 years after the death of Chiara Lubich, the founder of the Movement. after the death of Chiara Lubich, the founder of the Movement.
The Order of Malta has the millennium old history of assistance to the poor, the weak, the sick, the elderly and the lonely.
In Serbia the Embassy of the Sovereign Order in Belgrade, has promoted various humanitarian initiatives together with programmes of instruction and formation, in particular for adolescents and orphans.
At the end of February the Director of the Shelter for Children Danijela Stajkovic has visited the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Belgrade with some of the children-beneficiaries of the Center.
Belgrade, Feb. 21/22
13th Plenary Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean was held in Belgrade on February 21 and 22, with perfect hospitality of the Serbian Parliament.
During the works, inaugurated by the Serbian Foreign Minister H.E. Ivica Dacic, Ambassador Alberto di Luca ( permanent observer at PAM) held a speech during the debate on immigration and human rights. This is the synthesis of his speech:
New Years Eve 2019
Solidarity means not forgetting others while celebrating the arrival of the new year.
Also in 2019 the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Serbia will give its support – through the Project “A hot meal in a cold Winter”- to the Shelter for Children in Belgrade.
The last “Make a WISH to the Order of Malta” letter has arrived just in time to allow the Commission to “accept” an exception to the “Make a Wish” Regulation that provides support for young people in Serbia. To be specific, The Embassy received a letter from an 85-year-old lady. The decision was taken considering the fact that in 2019, it will be enabled not only for young people to participate in the “Make a WISH” Project but also for elderly or those who have specific and serious life and health needs.