The engagement of Prince Alexander II by the side of the Order of Malta

Belgrade, November 2014

During a long and cordial meeting that took place at the Royal Palace in Belgrade, Ambassador Alberto di Luca has presented to the Prince Alexander II – Confrere in the Order of Malta for over 30 years with the highest rank reserved for heads of European Christian Dynasties – the project especially designed for the children from the tragically hit flooded areas of Serbia from last spring.

The Prince – in a spirit of human solidarity and dedication that has always characterized his personal commitment and that of his family, wanting to emphasize to Ambassador di Luca the brotherhood that unites all the members of the Order of Malta – has highly appreciated the initiative and gave his willingness to join the newly-formed organizational Commission of the event with its addictive title: “Make a WISH to the Sovereign Order of Malta.”

Help for children with diabetes

Belgrade, 30th September 2014

In an atmosphere of friendship and cordiality, Ambassador Alberto di Luca has received, at the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Belgrade, Mr. Borko Marinkovic, President of the Association against Childhood diabetes in Kragujevac.

After the devastating floods that hit Serbia during the recent months, many diabetes patients, most importantly children, have found themselves in serious difficulties due to the lack of medical supplies.

The President Marinkovic explained the initiatives promoted by the Association, in particular those that bind children with diabetes to sports. The Association was, and still is, faced with many difficulties after the floods. Ambassador di Luca was made aware on the organizational arrangements put in place to compensate for the lack of medical supplies, devices, tape, needles, insulin and oral medications, as well as on the problems of finding them and then distribute them to the children of the affected areas.

During the meeting, projects were discussed for the upcoming Diabetes Day of November 14th, and possible forms of cooperation to be implemented with the support of Italian or French benefactors.

To give a first concrete aid to the Association, for the purchase of “Kits” urgently needed, the funds raised during the charity event organized in Milan, last June, from Meritalia and Zepter International in collaboration with the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Serbia, have been addressed to them.


Courtesy visit

Belgrade, July 2014

At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the new head of the Department for Neighbouring and South-East European Countries, H.E. Ambassador Slobodan Vukcevic, received Ambassador Alberto di Luca for a courtesy visit. During the meeting, in addition to mutual introductions, they discussed about current issues; with, in the foreground, the flood emergency and the gracious words of gratitude from the Government of Serbia to the Sovereign Order of Malta for its help. Was also addressed the issue of a possible implementation of the Humanitarian Cooperation Agreement between Serbia and the Sovereign Order of Malta.


Rome, 31/05/2014

The Assembly has elected government members for the next five-year term

Presided over by the Grand Master Fra’ Matthew Festing, the Chapter General of the Sovereign Order of Malta was held in Rome on 30 and 31 May.  The Chapter General is convened every five years to elect the members of the Sovereign Council (the Government of the Order), the Government Council and the members of the Board of Auditors. Fra’ Ludwig Hoffmann von Rumerstein was elected as Grand Commander, Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager was elected as Grand Chancellor, Head of the Executive Branch and Foreign Minister, whereas Dominique de la Rochefoucauld-Montbel and Janos von Esterhazy de Galantha, have been elected as Grand Hospitaller, Minister of Health and of International Cooperation, and as the Receiver of the Common Treasure respectively.

The Grand Master Fra’ Matthew Festing expressed his satisfaction at the conclusion: “I am confident that the expertise of the senior members elected to these important strategic posts in the government of the Sovereign Order of Malta will contribute great value as we move forward in this century of significant challenges  – social, humanitarian and spiritual – in the 120 countries where we work. I send my best wishes to the newly elected members for their important tasks.”

Sixty-one representatives of the Order participated in the Chapter General from five continents, including 28 of the Order’s religious, members of the executive branch and heads of the major national bodies.

The new members of the Sovereign Council for the next five-year term (2014-2019):
Grand Commander (Superior of the Religious Members):
H.E. Fra’ Ludwig Hoffmann von Rumerstein
Grand Chancellor (Head of the Executive and Minister of Foreign Affairs):
H.E. Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager
Grand Hospitaller (Minister of Health and of International Cooperation):
H.E. Dominique, Count and Prince de la Rochefoucauld-Montbel
Receiver of the Common Treasure (Minister of Budget and Finance):
H.E. Count Janos von Esterhazy de Galantha
H.E. Fra’ John E. Critien
H.E. Fra’ John T. Dunlap
H.E. Fra’ Duncan Gallie
H.E. Fra’ Emmanuel Rousseau
H.E. Winfried Graf Henckel von Donnersmarck
H.E. Geoffrey D. Gamble
Members of the Government Council
Ruy Gonçalo do Valle Peixoto de Villas Boas
Jean-Louis Mainguy
Franz Graf von Harnoncourt-Unverzagt
Juan Tomás O’Naghten y Chacón
Simon Grenfell
Mauro Bertero Gutiérrez
Members of the Board of Auditors
Dominik Freiherr von und zu Mentzingen
Bruno de Seguins Pazzis d’Aubignan
Lancelot d’Ursel
Fabrizio Colonna
Niels Lorijn
Justin Simpson

Project Nurdor: now the promised home is ready!

Christmas 2013

For many parents of children with cancer in Serbia, needing a place to stay while their children were cared for, Christmas brought them a home; the gift they’ve been long waiting for. This story, with happy ending, begins in Milan in February 2012. At the invitation of the Ambassador of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Belgrade, Alberto di Luca , the magazine 24 Hours ( group Il Sole 24 Ore ) with its director Augusto Capitanucci , organized an auction for 24 important watches. As a result € 100,000 were collected! The Embassy in Belgrade of the Sovereign Order of Malta, with the help of the Italian Help Them Onlus, took this important amount to Belgrade. During a press conference held in June 2012, in the presence of the Ambassador and the First Counsellor of the Chancery of the Order of Malta in Belgrade, the President of Help Them , Fabio Cerchiai , the authorities of the municipality of Belgrade, and of course, the representatives of Nurdor , a “large” check was delivered representing the transfer of the €100,000.

Not so few were the bureaucratic, technical and logistical difficulties encountered. But, as it always happens when the intention is high and noble, the goal has been successfully reached during the past few days.

Left are now the last decor and furnishing details before the official opening of the home available to parents who, otherwise, could not accompany their children to be healed!

Happy New Year to all, especially to those who have believed in and supported this highly humanitarian initiative.

Celebrations in Serbia for the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan

September 2013

The Holy Mass was concelebrated by the Archbishop of Belgrade, H.E. Archbishop Stanislav Hocevar; was present the President of the Republic of Serbia, Tomislav Nikolic and numerous institutional and religious authorities of the country. Featured in the photograph, a relic of the Holy Cross brought as a gift from Modena to Nis.

The Holy Father Francis, on the occasion of the solemn celebrations in Serbia of the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan-promulgated by the Emperor Constantine born in Nis, Serbia – has sent as his special envoy His Eminence Cardinal Angelo Scola, Archbishop of Milan. In his homily during the religious ceremony celebrated in Nis, Cardinal Scola said that “the proclamation of peace is the good news we are waiting for. Peace is the possibility of unity among men. Peace that Jesus gives us is forgiveness of our sins, reconciliation with God and with men”. And he underlined that “the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan tells us all that religious freedom is a guarantee of peace and new civilizations.”

Helping young students

Belgrade, August 2013

The Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Belgrade has sent to H.E. Archbishop Stanislav Hocevar three pallets of office supplies to be delivered to young Serbian students for the start of the school year.

Common visions for aid to those in need

Belgrade, July

In an atmosphere of great cordiality, Ambassador Alberto di Luca has been received at Royal Palace by Princess Katarina Karadjordjevic. During the meeting, they shared common interests on project collaboration, in Serbia, to help those who are suffering and most in need.