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Order of Malta Australia


WORLD DAY OF THE POOR 18 November 2018: Promoting Initiatives to Raise Awareness of World Poverty


“This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him”

The Order of Malta is responding to the invitation of Pope Francis to actively participate in this second World Day of the Poor. The cry of the poor man is he who may be poor in spirit or in body. The Order has answered this cry for help from the destitute throughout its history. It inspires the Order’s thousands of members and volunteers.

All over the world we run soup kitchens for the homeless – in 2017, distributing 5,500,000 meals – we offer social and medical aid to the disadvantaged and the desperate on the six continents, support victims of natural disasters, give comfort to those who are poor in spirit. In the 120 countries where we work, our efforts continue unabated to serve those in need.

The 18th November is no different from any other day – except that our organisations around the world unite with His Holiness himself, in prayer and action, to mark the need for a combined effort to reduce poverty.

The Order of Malta will launch an international communications campaign in the preceeding days, to raise awareness of the shocking percentage of the world’s population who live below the poverty line, in the hope that together we will, and we must, continue to make a difference.

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.