In the beautiful "framework" of the 14th century a "picture" of human distress

Izvor, March 10

In the beautiful setting of an Orthodox monastery of the fourteenth century, operates a center which houses up to 92 young and older girls, with mental disability issues.

The management of the center is entrusted to twenty nuns, guided by the dynamic Sister Kliterija, always available to give assistance, with a lot of love and infinite patience, to their beloved “girls”.
The awareness of the needs of its young guests and of its Sisters is such that the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Serbia decided to incorporate this center in the program “Make a WISH to the Sovereign Order of Malta” for 2016, currently in the process of being defined.

"A hot meal in a cold winter"

Belgrade, March 7

This year, the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta to the Republic of Serbia wants to give even more attention to the needy children, especially to the orphans and the unwell.
For this reason the Ambassador Alberto di Luca and First Counsellor Carlo Buora went today to the “Shelter for children” of Belgrade to hear directly from the kids that are housed and its Director Danjela Stojkovic, how the initiative “A hot meal in a cold winter” is progressing.

Ambassador di Luca met with the new Apostolic Nuncio to Serbia, Msgr. Suriani

Belgrade, February 26

The Ambassador Alberto di Luca paid a visit to the Nunciature of the Holy See to address the most devout and friendly welcome, in the name of the Sovereign Order of Malta, to H.E. Msgr. Luciano Suriani, the new Apostolic Nuncio of His Holiness Pope Francis to the Republic of Serbia. During the long and friendly meeting Ambassador di Luca outlined to the Nuncio the presence and activities, completed and in progress, promoted by the Embassy in various parts of the country, presenting to Msgr. Suriani a recent publication that summarizes the humanitarian initiatives undertaken by the Order of Malta worldwide.

In progress in Albania the 10th Plenary Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean

Tirana, 18-19 February 2016

The Tenth Plenary Assembly of the PAM – Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean – is currently taking place in Tirana with the participation of 240 delegates from 24 countries and six Undersecretaries of the United Nations.

The welcoming speeches were held by the President of the National Parliament of Albania, Hon. Ilir Meta, and Prime Minister Hon. Edi Rama.

"A hot meal in a cold winter" for 2016 as well

Belgrade, from January to March

This year, the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta to the Republic of Serbia wanted to give even more attention to the children. And so, the 2016 edition of “A hot meal in a cold winter” will be aimed at children who sometimes are even in need of a simple hot meal.

Refugees and migrants: conference on the role and mission of the Order of Malta

Rome, 11 December 2015

With the interventions of the Grand Chancellor H.E. Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager, the Grand Hospitaller H.E. Dominique de La Rochefoucauld-Montbel, H.E. Ambassador Stefano Ronca, the General Secretary of “Malteser International” Ingo Radtke, the Order’s Ambassadors accredited to the transit countries of the refugees from Syria, Iraq, Libya and other areas involved in the tragic events triggered by the terrorism of the ISIS’ so-called “caliphate”, was held – at the Order’s historic headquarters of the Aventine in Rome – the Conference on “Refugees and migrants: Role and mission of the Sovereign Order of Malta. “

Final preparations for the delivery of the "Make a WISH"

Belgrade, October 12th
It took a lot of work to the Embassy in Belgrade to prepare the two ceremonies of the project “Make a WISH to the Sovereign Order of Malta”. A thousand children will be gathered between Lijg and Sid tomorrow to receive their WISHES; Computers, wheelchairs, school desks, musical equipment and other, and, not least, the minibus, in the picture. The ceremonies will be followed by our media partner s “Politika” and “Pink TV”.

Emergency humanitarian assistance for refugees between Serbia and Hungary

Those who escape from the tragedies of war, persecution and hunger – forced, to survive, to abandon their lands and seek political asylum in another country – are always and unquestionably a humanitarian issue.
This is why the Sovereign Order of Malta, as evidenced by its millenary history – without ever considering the diversity of origins, religious faith and political orientation – is always present where the most acute is the need to help, to assist, to heal.
The “closure” of the border between Serbia and Hungary caused more serious problems and great difficulties for refugees from Syria and the surrounding areas for years ravaged by fierce fighting.
Following these sad developments, the flow of immigrants to the Europe Union will try to follow new routes and, for those who are already in Serbia, will attempt to enter via Croatia.
In spite of that, many refugees are still on the border between Serbia and Hungary.
The Order of Malta, since the beginning of this painful situation, is active in all areas involved thanks to the generous commitment of the Hungarian association and tireless leadership of the Ambassador in Budapest, the Archduke Michael von Habsburg Lothringen, that has sent, together with volunteers of the relief, vehicles as a first aid to those most in need.