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.
During usual and cordial meetings with the colleagues, the Ambassadors from the accredited Diplomatic corps in Belgrade, the Ambassador Alberto di Luca held talks with the Croatian Ambassador GordanMarkotic and the Austrian Ambassador Johannes Eigner at their Embassies.
The Director of the Center Shelter for Children, Mrs. Danijela Stajkovic and some of the children accommodated in this well-organized and efficient social institution from Belgrade, have warmly welcomed the Ambassador Alberto di Luca with the small ceremony marking the end of the project “A hot meal in a cold winter”.
The Shelter for Children takes care of children aged 7-18, who are often victims of violence, abuse and neglecting; victims of human trafficking; children deprived of parental care and/or street children; dramatic and strenuous everyday tragedies painfully shared by many countries of our “civilized” Europe.
A millennium old institution whose primary objective is providing assistance and support to the sick, the poor and the excluded nowadays is present in the whole world without distinction of nationality, language, religion. With its 13.000 members and 100.000 volunteers and employees, the Sovereign Military Order of Malta was always at the service of the Church and the integral well-being of the people. The newly elected Lieutenant of the Grand Master, fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto, has given the interview on this topic to the Vatican daily newspaper “Osservatore Romano” whose first official engagement will be the International Pilgrimage to Lourdes with “our lords the sick” in which will take part the Archbishop Angelo Becciu, Substitute for General Affairs in the Secretariat of State and papal delegate to the Sovereign Order of Malta.
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“.