Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto elected Lieutenant of the Grand Master of Sovereign Order of Malta

Rome, 29 April 2017 

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.

Easter Bazaar in Belgrade

April, 2017

This year as well, H.R.H. Crown Princess Katherine Karadjordjevic has organized the traditional Serbian Easter Bazaar of women’s handicrafts that is held under the auspices of Her Foundation.

The purpose of this noble initiative is to support the families of these hard-working women and girls working in the various craft sectors.

Make a WISH 2017

Belgrade, April 6th

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.

First letter arrived, first WISH fulfilled!

Belgrade, March 16th

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.

59th Anniversary of the “Shelter for Children”

Belgrade, February 22, 2017


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” Project

Belgrade, February 10, 2017

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.

The Grand Master Fra’ Matthew Festing resigns from office

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.

The Balkan Hard Winter Spares No One

Belgrade, 26th January 2017

This year 2017, the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta will, once again, stand by children. The Order will demonstrate its support through an important project titled “Make a WISH to the Sovereign Order of Malta” (please select RULE BOOK 2017 on the website homepage for further details), but also through a planned initiative in the spirit of the traditional trait of humanitarian, social and patient advocacy, characteristic for the mission of the Order of Malta and our multiannual presence in Serbia.

Make a WISH 2017 presented in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Belgrade, January 2017

Excellent relations between Republic of Serbia and the Sovereign Order of Malta continued after recent official visit of the Grand Hospitaller of the Order,  H.E. Prince Dominique de la Rochefoucauld-Montbel. Many activities already completed, as well as those in the progress – among them Make a WISH 2017 – were the subject of the cordial operative meeting of Ambassador Di Luca and Ambassador Slobodan Vukčević, Director of the Department for neighboring countries at Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Make a WISH Project

Belgrade, Jan 17, 2017

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”.