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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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  • 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 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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ORGANIZATION TEMPORAL PROTECTORThe Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem, dates from the 12th century community of Hospitallers of Saint Lazarus, attested throughout the centuries by Papal Bulls, favours and indulgences of the Supreme Pontiffs. Especially Pius IV in his Bull Inter assiduas, 9 February 1565 and the Bull of Clement XIV Militarium ordinum institutio, 10 December 1772.

In order to prevent theft on returning from the Holy Land after the fall of Saint Joan of Acre, King Philip IV the Fair gave the Order of Saint Lazarus his “special guard and protection” at Poitiers in July 1308. Since then, successive heads of the Royal House of France assumed that pledge of protection until King Charles X in 1830.

In its formative years of being under the Spiritual Protection of Greek Catholic Patriarchs of Jerusalem, the Order of Saint Lazarus was confirmed by Pope Alexander IV, in the Bull given in Naples on 11 April 1255. Having forged new links with the Greek-Melkite Catholic Patriarchate and returning to its eastern origins in 1841, the Order of Saint Lazarus found its official Temporal Protection from the Royal House of France on 12 September 2004 and re-established a link directly with the Catholic Church on 2 February 2005 through the protection of a High-ranking Catholic prelate.

By offering his Temporal Protection as Head of the Royal House of France, the Count of Paris, Duke of France restored the Order to the status it had lost in 1830. Confirmation of the Temporal Protection was given in the Cathedral of Orléans, during the Investiture of his nephew, Prince Charles-Philippe d’Orléans, Duc d’Anjou, as Grand Master of the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem. This confirmation was witnessed by official representatives of the Catholic, Greek Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican and Reformed Churches. Also present were members of the diplomatic corps, dignitaries of the French Republic and the City of Orléans and Military Officers of France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway and Ireland.

Today, the Order of Saint Lazarus is the only Order in the world under the Temporal Protection of the Royal House of France.


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