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Order of Malta Australia


Join us! Pope Francis to lead Vatican Mass for 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines


To celebrate 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines, Pope Francis will lead the celebration with a Holy Mass together with H.E. Antonio Cardinal Tagle at St. Peter’s Basilica on Sunday 14 March at 8pm AEST.


  • 10am ROME
  •  4am EASTER TIME

Watch live on EWTN:

Did you know that a member of the Order of Malta, Antonio Pigafetta ( c. 1491 – c. 1531) was an Italian scholar and explorer from the Republic of Venice was with the explorer Ferdinand Magellan when he brought Christianity to the Philippines?

Antonio Pigafetta joined the expedition to the Spice Islands led by explorer Ferdinand Magellan under the flag of King Charles I of Spain and after Magellan’s death in the Philippines, the subsequent voyage around the world. During the expedition, he served as Magellan’s assistant and kept an accurate journal, which later assisted him in translating the Cebuano language. It is the first recorded document concerning the language.

Pigafetta was one of the 18 men who made the complete trip, returning to Spain in 1522, under the command of Juan Sebastián Elcano, out of the approximately 240 who set out three years earlier. These men completed the first circumnavigation of the world. Others mutinied and returned in the first year. Pigafetta’s surviving journal is the source for much of what is known about Magellan and Elcano’s voyage.

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.