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    Chapter General of the Grand Priory of Poland
    One of the oldest and historic cities in Poland - Przemyśl and the former seat of the Princes of Sapieha – Krasiczyn hosted the participants of the Chapter General of Military and Hospitaller Order of St. Lazarus from...

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    Donation for handicapped children
    A charity fashion show of the Korunka Luhačovice Foundation took place in Luhačovice (Czech republic). The Commandery Moravia of the Grand Priory of Bohemia donated CZK 23,900 (ca 930 €) to the Foundation. The Korunka Luhačovice has long...

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    POPE FRANCIS - ANGELUS
    This Sunday’s Gospel reading (Mk 3:20-35) shows us two types of misunderstanding that Jesus had to face: that of the scribes and that of his own brethren. The first misunderstanding. The scribes were men educated in the Sacred Scriptures and charged...

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  • 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 occasion of the Great Jubilee of 2000,...

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LIFE OF THE ORDER
Chapter General of the Grand Priory of Poland
One of the oldest and historic cities in Poland - Przemyśl and the former seat of the Princes of Sapieha – Krasiczyn hosted the participants of the Chapter General of Military and Hospitall...
read more

CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES
Donation for handicapped children
A charity fashion show of the Korunka Luhačovice Foundation took place in Luhačovice (Czech republic). The Commandery Moravia of the Grand Priory of Bohemia donated CZK 23,900 (ca 930 €) to the Founda...
read more

CHRISTIANITY
POPE FRANCIS - ANGELUS
This Sunday’s Gospel reading (Mk 3:20-35) shows us two types of misunderstanding that Jesus had to face: that of the scribes and that of his own brethren.

The first misunderstanding. The scribes were ...
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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