A few days before the Festivity (June 24th) of the Patron Saint of the Sovereign Order of Malta, this year as well, we have celebrated our National Day in the spirit of the humanitarian diplomacy and culture.
At the beginning of June, we at the Embassy have received a letter of a mother who wrote about the difficult condition of her 7 year old son, Jovan S., who was in need of the urgent surgery, Tonsillectomia and Adenoidectomia. According to the Evaluation Commission of the Embassy, it didn’t seem to be rare and diffucult medical surgery but, nevertheless, we wanted to analyze the case further.
This year in Belgrade, the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta wanted to combine the timeless cultural and music values with the eternal humanitarian and charitable mission of the Order, in Serbia and all over the world.
The traditional Feast Day of the Order’s Patron Saint, St. John the Baptist, will be celebrated on June 20 at the National Theatre in the Serbian capital, with the famous Opera “La Traviata” by Giuseppe Verdi, with the soprano Claire Coolen and the baritone Alberto Gazale.
The enchanting notes of the Verdi’s masterpiece will be enjoyed by colleagues and friends of the Order during this event which represents, and always did, the starting point of a new year full of work and activities inspired by the millennium old Maltese “Polar Star”: Tuitio fidei et obsequium pauperum(Protection of faith and service to the poor).
This year 2017, the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta will, once again, stand by children. The Order will demonstrate its support through an important project titled “Make a WISH to the Sovereign Order of Malta” (please select RULE BOOK 2017 on the website homepage for further details), but also through a planned initiative in the spirit of the traditional trait of humanitarian, social and patient advocacy, characteristic for the mission of the Order of Malta and our multiannual presence in Serbia.
Excellent relations between Republic of Serbia and the Sovereign Order of Malta continued after recent official visit of the Grand Hospitaller of the Order, H.E. Prince Dominique de la Rochefoucauld-Montbel. Many activities already completed, as well as those in the progress – among them Make a WISH 2017 – were the subject of the cordial operative meeting of Ambassador Di Luca and Ambassador Slobodan Vukčević, Director of the Department for neighboring countries at Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In addition to the constructive meeting of the Grand Hospitaller of the Sovereign Order of Malta, H.E. Prince Dominique de la Rochefoucauld-Montbel and the Serbian Minister of Health, H.E. Zlatibor Loncar, held in Belgrade on the 8. December 2016, today there was the first working reunion presided by the State Secretary of the Minister of Health, Prof. Dr. Vladimir Dukic on one side, and the Ambassador of the Sovereign Order of Malta Alberto di Luca with the Project Manager Professor Nenad Prokic on the other, in order to define the mode and programme details of the project “Make a WISH to the Sovereign Order of Malta 2017”.
Initiative in favour of Serbian children with difficult pathologies
The Order of Malta has more than 900 years of history of assistance to the poor, the weak and the sick. In Serbia the Embassy of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta in Belgrade, has promoted various humanitarian initiatives together with programmes of instruction and formation.
The parents and the medical staff, giving assistance to children carrying difficult pathologies that require special treatment or in need of surgery that requires significant and rare skills, have the possibility of informing the Embassy of the Order of Malta in Belgrade of their situation and their needs.
In 2015 the project undertaken by the Embassy under the name of “Make a WISH to the Sovereign Order of Malta”, financed with the successful Charity-Dinner held in the Principality of Monaco, has reached 1.500 children from the areas that were hardly striken by the floods in 2014.
Just in time before the Orthodox Christmas, in the last week of December, a significant quantity of day/night clothes has been delivered to the institutions in Sremcica and Izvor thanks to the Italian donator “Original Marines” (www.originalmarines.com ).
One of the most requested WISHES by the kids of the Orphanage of Sremcica was a Minibus to enable them to commute to schools, sports halls or even “just” to be able to see the outside world with its cultural and sporting events, or even have the opportunity to learn about new places impossible for them to see without adequate means of transport.
Following the invitation of H.E. Zlatibor Lončar, Minister of Health of the Republic of Serbia, to an official visit to Belgrade, the Grand Hospitaller of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta , H.E. Prince Dominique de la Rochefoucauld-Montbel arrived today at the Capital’s airport, welcomed by the Assistant to the Minister of Health, Dr. Zoran Mihailovic, and by the Ambassador of the Order, Alberto di Luca.