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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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  • CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES


    World Leprosy Day & the World Day of the Sick at St Joseph's, Stokesley
    Fr William Charlton, Chaplain of the Grand Priory of Great Britain in the North East - Middlesbrough Diocese - is organising an event on the theme of “Mary, Health of the Sick,...

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    EASTER VIGIL IN THE HOLY NIGHT OF EASTER
    HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS “After the Sabbath” (Mt 28:1), the women went to the tomb. This is how the Gospel of this holy Vigil began: with the Sabbath. It is the day of the Easter Triduum that we tend to neglect as we...

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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
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
World Leprosy Day & the World Day of the Sick at St Joseph's, Stokesley
Fr William Charlton, Chaplain of the Grand Priory of Great Britain in the North East - Middlesbrough Diocese - is organising an event on the theme ...
read more

CHRISTIANITY
EASTER VIGIL IN THE HOLY NIGHT OF EASTER
HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS

“After the Sabbath” (Mt 28:1), the women went to the tomb. This is how the Gospel of this holy Vigil began: with the Sabbath. It is the day of t...
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 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.

In succession to His Eminence Cardinal László Paskai, on September the 14th 2012, His Eminence Cardinal Duka became the highest moral and spiritual authority of the Order accepting the position of Chaplain General, pending the appointment of the next Spiritual Protector. While retaining its characteristic of ecumenism, the Order reasserted with pride and honour its ties with the Catholic Church and rediscovered its historic spiritual protection.

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.



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