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.

Continues the collaboration between Monzino (Milan) and the hospital KBC Zvezdara (Belgrade)

Belgrade, September 10th 2015

Continues the collaboration between the only entirely cardiological hospital in Europe, the Monzino of Milan, and the University Medical Center Zvezdara of Belgrade.

A significant amount of beds and medical equipment has been in fact donated by Monzino to Zvezdara.

The official delivery has been made to the new Director, Prof. Dr. Petar Svorcan, by Ambassador Alberto di Luca and Dr. Carlo Buora, that in addition to playing the important role of First Counsellor is also the Chairman of Monzino.

Words of gratitude have been received by the vertices of the Serbian hospital together with the hope of a continuing collaboration with the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta.

Make a Wish to the Sovereign Order of Malta

Belgrade, September 9th 2015

On Tuesday, October 13th, will be held the ceremony of handover of the WISHES as conclusion of the charity project initiated in 2014 by the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta to Serbia
For logistical reasons, related to the distance between the various cities affected by the floods of May 2014, it was decided to split the ceremony between Sid and Ljig.
Of the approximately 3,500 letters written by elementary school children, and sent to our Embassy in Belgrade, about 1,500 have been selected for which the necessary founding has been found.
The two pillars of this generosity, that made possible the “delivery” of about 1,500 WISHES, were the success of the charity-dinner that took place, on June 19th, at the Twiga of Monte Carlo (see the article on other page of our website ) and the precious support of our friends from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taipei which, through the Taiwanese representative office in Hungary, confirmed two days ago to the Embassy the donation for 65 bicycles, 2 wheelchairs and 300 chairs and desks for young Serbian students.
We renew our fervent thanks to the tireless organizers of the event in the Principality of Monaco – HRH Prince Michael of Yugoslavia, Flavio Briatore and Luca Marzocco – and their distinguished guests, as well as to the Government of Taipei that, once again, proved its availability for solidarity and cooperation with the humanitarian activities of the Sovereign Order of Malta.