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.

The renovation of the new Embassy has started.

Belgrade, July 2013

The renovation of the building that will host the new Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Belgrade has started these days. The address will be the prestigious Krunska Street, situated in the center of Belgrade, just next to the Catholic Church of Christ the King and the Seat of the Archbishopric of Belgrade. The inauguration of  the new Embassy is scheduled for the end of  September.


1113/2013: inauguration in the Seat of the Serbian Parliament of the Photographic Exhibition on the 900 years of the Papal Bull which established the sovereignty of the Order.

Belgrade, June 21.

On the occasion of National Day of St. John the Baptist, at the Seat of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, the photographic exhibition “900 years at the service to the poor and the sick” was opened in Belgrade.

The event, jointly organized by the Ambassador of the Order in Serbia, Alberto di Luca, and the President of the Serbian Parliament, Nebojsa Stefanovic, was attended by 350 guests including many deputies with the Chairman of the Parliamentary Group of Friendship Serbia-Order of Malta, Mr. Vladimir Marinkovic, the Advisor to the President of the Republic of Serbia, Prof. Oliver Antic, the Director of the Department of “Neighbouring Countries” of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Milisav Pajic and its predecessor, Amb. Danilo Vucetic; members of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other Ministries; several members of the Diplomatic Corps accredited in Belgrade and among them the Ambassadors of Italy, France, Brazil, Argentina, Canada, Mexico, Lebanon, Slovenia, Morocco and Angola; the Counsellors of the Embassies of The Holly See and the Congo; Amb. Vladeta Jankovic, former Ambassador of Serbia to the Sovereign Order and the Holy See; the President of the Italian-Serbian Chamber of Commerce and CEO of Delta Generali Insurance, Andrea Simoncelli; representatives of the academic world, cultural, artistic and sport, medias and organizations engaged in humanitarian, social and hospital activities.

Our National Day in the National Assembly of Serbia

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.

State Funeral at Royal Mausoleum in Oplenac

May 25th – 26th

With a solemn religious ceremony at the Royal Mausoleum in Oplenac in Serbia, officiated by the Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church, H.H. Irinej, and concelebrated by all Metropolitans and Religious Leaders, took place the state funerals, on May 26th, of the late King of Yugoslavia, Peter II, his spouse Queen Alexandra, the Queen Mother Mary and the brother Prince Andrej, whose remains rested in exile.
The ceremony, broadcast live by national TV and accompanied by ringing bells of churches in the country, was held in the presence of the Head of the Royal Family Prince Alexander II and his Family, the President of Serbia Tomislav Nikolić, the Prime Minister Ivica Dacic, the President of United Nations General Assembly Vuk Jeremic, and other members of the government and institutional authorities.
The Patriarch Irenej, Prince Alexander II, the President and the Prime Minister spoke at St. George’s Church in Olpenac, in front of thousands of Serbian citizens from every part of the country. The speeches commemorating the deceased and the Sovereign Dynasty Karađorđević, architect of modern Serbia , whose memory is still alive and loved across the nation.
Among representatives of foreign Royal Families there were Their Majesties King Simeon and Queen Margarita of the Bulgarians, Their Majesties King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie of the Hellenes, Their Royal Highnesses Crown Princess Margarita and Prince Radu of Romania, members of other foreign Royal Families, and representatives of diplomatic corps accredited in Belgrade.
The Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Fra ‘Matthew Festing, had designated his representative, the Order’s Ambassador to Bulgaria, Camillo Zuccoli, accompanied by the Order’s Ambassador to Serbia, Alberto di Luca.

News concerning the diplomatic structure of the Embassy in Belgrade

May 2013

As part of the usual alternations of functions in the diplomatic service, should be noted – as deliberated by the Sovereign Council of the Order of Malta on May 1st and 2nd, 2013 – the termination of Mr. Ferdinando Bozzo’s engagement as First Counselor of the Embassy of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta to the Republic of Serbia. We thank Mr. Bozzo for his generous support offered during the duration of his appointment to the activities of the Embassy.

The Sovereign Council appointed Dr. Carlo Buora First Counsellor of this diplomatic mission. Dr. Buora is an experienced manager who has served in the past, top management positions in companies such as Pirelli and Telecom. Currently he is President of IEO and of “his” cardiological Hospital, the “Monzino” in Milan.

To the newly appointed First Counsellor Buora, we wish a successful work at the new position, which he leads, from the first day, with respect for the values ​​and purposes of the Sovereign Order of Malta.

Computer and solidarity

Belgrade, May 10, 2013
The Counsellor of the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Belgrade, Valter Catoni, sent to H.E. Mons. Stanislav Hocevar, Archbishop of Belgrade, ten Personal Laptops to be entrusted to young Serbian students, interested in expanding their horizons of knowledge of Computer Science, but unable to approach it for economic reasons.