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Order of Malta Australia

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Pope Francis appoints Raymond Leo Burke Cardinalis Patronus of the Sovereign Order of Malta


Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke has been appointed Cardinalis Patronus of the Sovereign Order of Malta by His Holiness Pope Francis. Previously Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, he succeeds Cardinal Paolo Sardi, who was appointed Patron of the Sovereign Order of Malta in 2009 by Pope Benedict XVI.

“I extend a warm welcome to Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, who is from today the new Cardinalis Patronus of the Order of Malta, and I sincerely thank Pope Francis for his appointment, ” the Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Fra’ Matthew Festing, announced. “This role has hitherto been very capably held by Cardinal Paolo Sardi and I express my deepest gratitude, and that of all the Order’s members, for his great commitment and devotion over the past five years. He will remain one of our most eminent and esteemed confrere

Cardinal Burke has been a member of the Order of Malta since June 2011.

The Cardinalis Patronus of the Order of Malta is the Pontiff’s representative to the Sovereign Order of Malta and has the task of promoting its spiritual interests and that of its 13,500 members, as well as being responsible for relations with the Holy See. The Cardinalis Patronus is a distinctive element of the strong centuries-old links between the Vatican and the Order of Malta.


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.