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Order of Malta Australia


Grand Master received in audience by Pope Francis


Fra’ John Dunlap illustrated to the Holy Father the Order of Malta’s main commitments throughout the world

Yesterday, the Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, Fra’ John Dunlap, was received in audience at the Vatican by Pope Francis. The meeting – as per tradition – took place a few days after the feast of St. John the Baptist, patron saint of the Order of Malta, which is celebrated on June 24.

Characterized by great cordiality, the meeting was an opportunity to illustrate to the Holy Father the main activities in the spiritual, humanitarian and diplomatic fields carried out by the Order of Malta over the past year in the 120 countries in which it operates, through its network of 13,500 members, 100,000 volunteers, 52,000 employees and more than 100 diplomatic missions.

The focus was on interventions in support of the Ukrainian population, from medical and social assistance to the distribution of meals and medicines, from transportation and accompaniment to reception points situated in various locations in Ukraine and neighbouring countries.

The talks were also concentrated on the Order of Malta’s presence in the Holy Land. In addition to running the Holy Family Hospital in Bethlehem that has seen the birth of more than 100,000 children since 1990, a few weeks ago the Order launched an aid program for the population of Gaza in collaboration with the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

The Grand Master presented the Holy Father with a medal depicting the effigy of Our Lady of Mount Philermos, a symbol par excellence of the Order of Malta’s Marian spirituality.

At the end of the audience Pope Francis received the Sovereign Council and the Ambassador of the Order of Malta to the Holy See Antonio Zanardi Landi. Afterwards, His Most Eminent Highness the Grand Master and the Grand Chancellor Riccardo Paternò di Montecupo held talks with Monsignor Paul Richard Gallagher, Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States and International Organisations.

The Australian Association

The Australian Association, formed in 1974, currently has in excess of 300 members and aspirant members across every State and Territory of Australia. We also have ongoing and strong links with the Order’s National Associations throughout the Asia Pacific Region including in Singapore and the Philippines and with members of the Order in New Zealand, Hong Kong SAR, Thailand and Korea. The Order of Malta is committed to serving Our Lords the Poor and Sick worldwide and has done so for over 900 years. This website shares with you the history, mission and current activities of the Order of Malta in Australia, and provides links to the work of the Order world-wide.