The Sovereign Council, the government of the Sovereign Order of Malta, met this afternoon in the Magistral Palace in Rome. On the agenda was the resignation from Office of Grand Master presented by Fra’ Matthew Festing, in accordance with article 16 of the Constitution of the Order of Malta. The Sovereign Council accepted his resignation from office. Conforming to the Constitution, the Pope has been notified of the resignation of Fra’ Matthew Festing, which will be communicated to the 106 Heads of State with whom the Order has diplomatic relations.
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The Sovereign Order of Malta is participating in the 71st United Nations General Assembly, which opened on 19 September, in New York. The topic of the general debate of the annual Session is “The Sustainable Development Goals: A universal push to transform our world”. The Grand Hospitaller of the Sovereign Order of Malta Dominique de La Rochefoucauld-Montbel spoke at the High Level Meeting on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants and will be engaged in other meetings during the course of the event, ending on September 26.
The Permanent Observer Mission of the Sovereign Order of Malta has the pleasure of introducing its four new interns for the Fall of 2016. The young students from Austria, Palestine, and the United States, have the vital task of assisting the Permanent Observer Mission in its diplomatic duties in the United Nations.
This Fall, we welcome to our team Mr. Douglas Horowitz from Long Island University, Ms. Theresa Mensdorff-Pouilly of the University of St. Gallen (Austria), Mr. Nabil Abu Nahlah from St. Thomas University (Florida), and Ms. Rory McCarthy of New York University.
Rome 16 June 2016 – With 60 million people on the move, we are witnessing the highest number of displaced persons in decades. Spawned by armed conflicts in the Middle East, North and Central Africa and South Asia, hundreds of thousands of people have attempted the journey to Europe either by crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey or the Mediterranean from Libya. Only in the first six months of the year it is estimated that some 2,000 people have drowned trying to reach Italy.
The current violent conflicts have reached an unprecedented level, increasing the number of victims and strongly challenging the international humanitarian community in its mission to save lives and uphold human dignity. In this regard it is often suggested that religion is at the core of the clashes since it has been implicated in all sorts of conflicts throughout history. But the picture is much more complex than it is usually implied.