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    Fra’ Matthew Festing died
    Fra’ Matthew Festing, 79th Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, died 12th November in Malta at 71. Elected in March 2008, he served as Grand Master until January 2017. We join in prayers for his soul. May he rest in peace.
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    Patriarch Rai: "mysterious explosion" in Beirut. We ask everyone for help
    Beirut, the bride of the East, Beirut, the lighthouse of the West, is wounded". It is a "devastated city", reduced to "a scenario of war without war". Thus begins the appeal launched by Maronite...

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Fra’ Matthew Festing died
Fra’ Matthew Festing, 79th Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, died 12th November in Malta at 71. Elected in March 2008, he served as Grand Master until January 2017. We join in prayers for his soul...
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WORLDWIDE ALERT
Patriarch Rai: "mysterious explosion" in Beirut. We ask everyone for help
Beirut, the bride of the East, Beirut, the lighthouse of the West, is wounded". It is a "devastated city", reduced to "a scenario of war without war". Thus begins t...
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ORGANIZATION SPIRITUAL PROTECTORThe Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem was founded within the Catholic Church and is, from its origin, a religious community. It is currently composed of chaplains and lay people belonging to different ecclesial communities. Its spiritual vocation is to promote Christian unity.

The legitimacy of the Order of Saint Lazarus had the spiritual guarantee of the Patriarchs of Jerusalem, both Greek and Latin rite, from its origin until 1255 and then it was confirmed by Pope Alexander IV in his Bull given at Naples 11 April 1255, and by successive Popes until the 19th century. This spiritual guarantee was granted by the Greek-Melkite Patriarchs from 1841 until 2005.

Since 2 February 2005 the spiritual protection of the Order has been provided by a high-ranking Catholic prelate solicited by the Grand Magistry. The Spiritual Protector is the guarantor of the spiritual legitimacy of the Order and its relationship with the Catholic Church in an ecumenical spirit.

The Spiritual Protector is the guarantor of the spirituality of the Order, its members, its activities and decisions. He ensures the strict monitoring of the ecumenical character of the Order.

Since 1 January 2021 the office of the Spiritual Protector has been vacant.



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