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    Easter message from the Grand Master
    In these times of trial, I would first like to let you know how close I am to each of you and to your loved ones.
    Holy Week is a journey of prayer and suffering towards the Light of the Resurrection. Our world is suffering, and I...

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    New bulldozer for Tanzania
    Once again the Grand Priory of Italy has achieved the goal: The donation of a bulldozer to Father Drazan Missionary in Dakawa, in the Morogoro Region, Tanzania which will serve for the creation of basins, for the collection of rainwater and other...

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    HOLY MASS ON THE SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST
    HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS “Remember all the way which the Lord your God has led you” (Deut 8:2). Today’s Scripture readings begin with this command of Moses: Remember! Shortly afterwards...

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    Foreign debt in Africa: a sword of Damocles on millions of poor
    The foreign debt that Sub-Saharan African Countries have accumulated over the past few years is an unresolved issue. After the great abolitionist campaign, promoted on the occasion of the Great Jubilee of 2000,...

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LIFE OF THE ORDER
Easter message from the Grand Master
In these times of trial, I would first like to let you know how close I am to each of you and to your loved ones.


Holy Week is a journey of prayer and suffering towards the Light o...
read more

CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES
New bulldozer for Tanzania
Once again the Grand Priory of Italy has achieved the goal: The donation of a bulldozer to Father Drazan Missionary in Dakawa, in the Morogoro Region, Tanzania which will serve for the creation of basins, for th...
read more

CHRISTIANITY
HOLY MASS ON THE SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST
HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS

“Remember all the way which the Lord your God has led you” (Deut 8:2). Today’s Scripture readings begin with this...
read more

WORLDWIDE ALERT
Foreign debt in Africa: a sword of Damocles on millions of poor
The foreign debt that Sub-Saharan African Countries have accumulated over the past few years is an unresolved issue. After the great abolitionist campaign, promoted on the oc...
read more


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THE ORDER HISTORYBefore the Crusades in Jerusalem, outside the walls of the holy city, there was a hospital for lepers under the patronage of Saint Lazarus. It rested under the jurisdiction of the Greek-Melkite Patriarchs of Jerusalem, and was served by a community of Armenian monks. Thus the Order of Saint Lazarus found its origins in this hospital.

Unlike other military and religious Orders who settled in the Holy Land, being protected by the Latin Church, the Order of Saint Lazarus was under the jurisdiction of the Eastern Orthodox Church.

After the capture of Jerusalem by the Crusaders in 1099, Knights who had contracted leprosy sought treatment at the Hospital of Saint Lazarus. They formed a monastic community, taking religious vows whilst maintaining their chivalric duties; thus creating the charism of the Order of Saint Lazarus as both Military and Hospitaller.

The Hospitallers of Saint Lazarus cared for lepers and welcomed Knights of the other Orders who had contracted this disease. Together they formed an army and fought for their Christian values ​​of life.

During World War II, the Order of Saint Lazarus organized, until 1940, a medical corps on the French front. During the occupation of France, it established a volunteer corps known as the “Volunteers of the Order of Saint Lazarus” which saved many lives during the aerial bombings, particularly in Normandy and Paris.

Its humanitarian activities and patriotism were recognized by the French government in 1945. The latter awarded the Military Cross to the Grand Capitular of the Order in recognition of the brave actions of the Volunteers of the Order of Saint Lazarus throughout the war.

After the conflict, the Knights of Saint Lazarus resumed their Hospitaller activities and their work for Christian unity. In order to achieve this, an agreement was made with Raoul Follereau to resume the fight against leprosy.

To highlight the bridge between the humanitarian vocation and the pursuit of Christian unity, the Order of Saint Lazarus invited Albert Schweitzer to become a Knight. The physician and Pastor of Lambaréné assisted the Order in its African projects.

As a result of these actions the Order of Saint Lazarus has been given official recognition in a number of states: Bolivia, Canada, Austria, Croatia and Hungary.
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