In the garden of the Archbishop’s Palace, which is adjacent to the Embassy, the National Day of the Sovereign Order of Malta in the Republic of Serbia was held on Thursday, June 8th. It was an occasion to commemorate the humanitarian initiatives of the Order in Serbia and announce the latest WISH that has been fulfilled. As part of the “Make a WISH to the Order of Malta” campaign, a multisport field will be inaugurated in Bač on Friday, June 9th, and donated to the local church. This project, which originated from an idea by Mino Raiola, the manager of world-renowned football champions, is a tangible expression of our unwavering commitment to humanitarian causes and our dedication to improving local communities. Raiola, who passed away last year, believed that engaging young people in sports is the best way to keep them away from the risks of the streets.
Ambassador Alberto di Luca, while expressing gratitude to Minister Žigmanov and State Secretary Ranđelović for their presence, emphasized the excellent quality of relations between the Serbian government and the Order of Malta. He also thanked Apostolic Nuncio Mons. Santo Gangemi and the Catholic Archbishop of Belgrade, Mons. Ladislav Nemet, for their participation in the ceremony.
Special thanks were also extended to the numerous accredited ambassadors and diplomatic representatives in attendance. “Through your tireless work, you have contributed to strengthening the bonds between nations and promoting mutual understanding, fostering international cooperation based on peace and justice,” said Ambassador Di Luca in his speech.
In conclusion, it was highlighted that this year’s ceremony holds particular importance for the Order of Malta, as they have recently elected a new Grand Master, Fra’ John Dunlap, who will serve for the next 10 years, as well as a new Sovereign Council for the next 6 years.