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.
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.”
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.
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.
This year, the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Belgrade, is organizing its National Day in the National Assembly of Serbia. This will be the occasion to inaugurate the photographic exhibition “Sovereign Order of Malta – 900 years at the service of the poor and the sick.“
Archbishop Hocevar, at the conclusion of his speech, affectionately commented the book and the exhibition on Constantine, in the Royal Palace in Milan
The “Centro Studi Grande Milano”, organized in collaboration with the Embassy of the Order of Malta in Belgrade, an event in regards to the “Edict of Milan”. The speakers invited by the “Centro Studi Grande Milano”, were Father Roberto Ferrari, Convent of Sant ‘Angelo, Franco D’Alfonso, Councillor for Commerce of the City of Milan, Archbishop Pier Francesco Fumagalli, Vice Prefect of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Marcello Racchini, Philologist, and for the final speech, H.E. Rev. Msgr. Archbishop Stanislav Hocevar. The evening ended with a Christmas concert with the Tenor from La Scala Giuseppe Veneziano and deputy organist of the Cathedral of Milan, Alessandro Laciacera.
The evening of solidarity was dedicated to the youth humanitarian mission managed by the Archbishop of Belgrade.
from left. Professor Gemma Sena Chiesa, curator of the exhibition at the Palazzo Reale, the Chairman of the Study Centre Grande Milano, Dr. Daniela Mainini, H.E. Archbishop Stanislav Hocevar and Ambassador Alberto di Luca
The Ambassador Alberto di Luca, has been received by the President of the municipality Savski Venac, Dusan Dincic, to be updated on Nurdor ‘s project Doctor’s Tower. The cordial meeting highlighted the important upcoming deadlines. By December 10 all offers must be received, in order to appoint, by the end of the year, the successful tenderer.
President of the municipality Savski Venac, Dusan Dincic with Ambassador Alberto di Luca