This year as well, the Festivity of St. John the Baptist, Patron of the Order of Malta, was celebrated in a context of humanitarian and cultural diplomacy. It was organized twelve days prior to the date of Festivity, June 24, so that the traditional opera-event of the Order of Malta could fit the rich calendar of the National Theater in Belgrade. It was defined as the “cultural event of the year in Serbia” by the local press.
The Order of Malta has diplomatic relations with 107 countries in the world and with 15 countries more maintains specific official relations which make the international cooperation possible and operational.
With a solemn religious Ceremony at the Sanctuary of Santa Maria del Monte – on the Sacred Mount of Varese – the investiture of the new brothers to the Sovereign Order of Malta was held.
First Secretary of our Embassy, Giorgio Giuliano, accepted the investiture today.
On May 15th the International Day of Families is celebrated in the World, which was proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1994. This Day is an important opportunity to promote awareness of the problems and the need for resources related to this fundamental topic for all humanity.
Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto has been elected the 80th Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta. The electing body, the Council Complete of State, met in the Magistral Villa, one of the Order of Malta’s two institutional seats, in Rome.
Elected head of the Order of Malta on 29 April 2017, Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre is now elected for life as Grand Master.
At the Archbishop’s residence – guests of Belgrade Archbishop, H.E. the Most Reverend Mons. Stanislav Hočevar – was held a Focus-group about Humanitarian Diplomacy, organized by the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta intended at exchanging experiences and analyzing problems and prospects of this vast project field that coincides with the millenium old mission of the Order of Malta.
Catholic Easter will be celebrated in a few days and Orthodox Easter the week after.
“Our” children from the Shelter already knew they would receive the necessary food for everyday life under the Project “A hot meal in a cold winter” promoted by our Embassy, and some extra things to celebrate Easter.
Newly appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to the Sovereign Order of Malta, H.E. Dejan Šahović, has presented today his Letters of Credence to the Lieutenant of the Grand Master – Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto.