“Make a WISH” with SOS

Kraljevo, October 15

In the city of Kraljevo, a Center – SOS Children’s Village – that houses 77 children up to 18 years of age has been operating successfully from 2004. SOS Children’s Village represents unique concept in Serbia when it comes to assisting children who cannot live with their biological parents for various reasons.

The Order of Malta expresses deep condolences for the killing of the 35-year-old carabiniere, Mario Cerciello Rega

Rome, July 26

The Order of Malta expresses deep condolences for the killing of the 35-year-old carabiniere, Mario Cerciello Rega, which took place the night between 25 and 26 July in the Prati neighborhood in Rome. The vice-sergeant had been serving since 2009 as a volunteer for the Roman delegation of the Order of Malta, distributing meals to the homeless and to people in need at the Termini and Tiburtina stations. A constant and regular commitment he carried out with dedication and passion. This is why in 2013 he was awarded a Merito Melitense award.

“He has always been participating in street interventions scheduled twice a week in the late evening, in critical Capitoline areas such as the major railway stations where it is most likely to find marginalized people and people in need”, as stated in the motivation for the awarding of a bronze medal with swords from the then Grand Prior of Rome, Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto, current Grand Master of the Order of Malta.

“A terrible loss for the whole community. We have lost a generous, loyal man with a profound sense of responsibility. The Order of Malta joins the family of Mario Cerciello Rega and condemns this vile act of violence, “said the Grand Master.

Mario Cerciello Rega also participated in the Order of Malta’s pilgrimages to Lourdes and Loreto, together with his wife, who is also a volunteer of the Order, where she dedicated herself to caring for the sick.

Make a WISH to the Sovereign Order of Malta

As part of the “Make a WISH to the Sovereign Order of Malta” Project, sometimes it is very delicate to assess the requests received at the Embassy. In the last example, the choice and the decision to intervene were rapid because of the difficult medical case that could no longer be postponed.

Our National Day on the occasion of St. John the Baptist

Belgrade, June 22, 2019

This year as well, the Festivity of St. John the Baptist, Patron of the Order of Malta (organized two days prior to Festivity date, June 24) was celebrated in a context of humanitarian diplomacy and culture.

The ideals of the mission of the Order of Malta have been fused with the values ​​of music in the stupendous representation of the famous Opera “La Boheme” by Giacomo Puccini, at the National Theater in the Serbian capital, whose protagonists were the Canadian soprano Claire Coolen , the American tenor Joshua Kohl and the italian bass-baritone Jacopo Buora.

“A hot meal in a cold Winter”

Belgrade, Orthodox Easter

We have received at the Embassy, ​​and willingly share with you, the photos taken on the day of Orthodox Easter at the “Shelter for children”. It was a moment of joy with typical sweets for Easter celebrations. Maybe they weren’t exactly conforming to the characteristics of a “Hot meal …”, but they certainly responded to the spirit of wanting to help these kids find small moments of joy and lightheartedness.

Make a Wish supports Focolare Movement

We have received one request, one WISH, from the Focolare Movement. A man close to the Focolare has been ill for many years and needed an important intervention. The case was reported to the Embassy asking if we could include it in the Make a WISH Project. The response was favorable and we proceeded. Alongside the support, there was also a moment of prayer on the occasion of Holy Mass celebrated by the Catholic Archbishop of Belgrade Mons. Stanislav Hocevar to remember 11 years after the death of Chiara Lubich, the founder of the Movement. after the death of Chiara Lubich, the founder of the Movement.

Make a WISH to the Order of Malta 2019 – Fifth edition

The Order of Malta has the millennium old history of assistance to the poor, the weak, the sick, the elderly and the lonely.

In Serbia the Embassy of the Sovereign Order in Belgrade, has promoted various humanitarian initiatives together with programmes of instruction and formation, in particular for adolescents and orphans.

13th Plenary Session of the PAM

Belgrade, Feb. 21/22

13th Plenary Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean was held in Belgrade on February 21 and 22, with perfect hospitality of the Serbian Parliament.

During the works, inaugurated by the Serbian Foreign Minister H.E. Ivica Dacic, Ambassador Alberto di Luca ( permanent observer at PAM) held a speech during the debate on immigration and human rights. This is the synthesis of his speech: