Serbia’s new president, Aleksandar Vučić, took the oath of office before the Serbian National Assembly in Belgrade and made his first speech as the Head of the State.
The solemn ceremony was attended by the country’s institutional, civil and religious authorities as well as the Diplomatic Corps accredited in Belgrade.
Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto was this morning elected Lieutenant of the Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta. The electing body, the Council Complete of State, met in the Magistral Villa in Rome, one of the Order of Malta’s two institutional seats.
The newly elected Lieutenant of the Grand Master will swear his Oath before the Pope’s Special Delegate to the Sovereign Order of Malta, Archbishop Angelo Becciu, and the members of the Council Complete of State tomorrow morning in the Church of Santa Maria in Aventino.
Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto succeeds Fra’ Matthew Festing, 79th Grand Master, who resigned on 28 January 2017.
The new Lieutenant of the Grand Master, elected for a one-year mandate, affirms his commitment to work closely with the Order’s Sovereign Council in advancing the diplomatic, social and humanitarian activities and to nourish the spiritual life and the commitment of its 13,500 members as well as that of its more than 100,000 volunteers and employees.
The Project “Make a WISH 2017” organized by the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Belgrade will make it possible, in the course of this year, for foreign medical surgeons to come to Belgrade and operate on the children affected by difficult and rare pathologies.
The Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta has received the first letter in February concerning our project Make a WISH 2017. Just to remember, the Project for the year 2017 encouraged by the highest Authorities of the Sovereign Order of Malta and the Government of the Republic of Serbia, will provide for the difficult medical cases, to be taken care by a team of foreign doctors that will be sent to Belgrade for the purpose or, for cases of more complexity, the giving of medical care to the young patients in a foreign country.
On the day of celebration at the “Vuk Karadzić” theatre in Belgrade, a musical and dance spectacle was performed by stage performers – children from the “Shelter for Children” in Belgrade.
It was the celebration of the 59th anniversary of this humanitarian organisation, which has been aided by the Embassy of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta for the last three years, through the programme “A hot meal in a cold winter“.
The first phase of the “Make a WISH to the Sovereign Order of Malta” is to raise awareness among parents and families concerned of the scope of this new and important project of the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Serbia.
The “Make a WISH”, in its third edition in 2017, implies that parents and the medical staff giving assistance to children ( under age of 18 ) carrying difficult pathologies and in need of surgery that requires particular and rare skills, have the possibility of informing the Embassy of the Order of Malta in Belgrade of their situation and their needs.
Fra’ Ludwig Hoffmann von Rumerstein assumes the office of Lieutenant ad interim, Albrecht Boeselager resumes his office as Grand Chancellor
The Sovereign Council, the government of the Sovereign Order of Malta, met this afternoon in the Magistral Palace in Rome. On the agenda was the resignation from Office of Grand Master presented by Fra’ Matthew Festing, in accordance with article 16 of the Constitution of the Order of Malta. The Sovereign Council accepted his resignation from office. Conforming to the Constitution, the Pope has been notified of the resignation of Fra’ Matthew Festing, which will be communicated to the 106 Heads of State with whom the Order has diplomatic relations. In accordance with Article 17 of the Constitution, the Grand Commander, Fra’ Ludwig Hoffmann von Rumerstein, has assumed the office of Lieutenant ad interim and will remain the Order of Malta’s head until the election of the successor of the Grand Master. The Sovereign Council thanked Fra’ Matthew Festing for his great commitment during his nine years in office.
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”.