Vatican City, Sep 3, 2022 / 05:05 am
Pope Francis has revoked the titles of the Order of Malta’s four High Offices, established a provisional government, and convened an extraordinary general chapter for January 2023.
The Sept. 3 decree is the latest step in the reform of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, ordered by Pope Francis in 2017.
Among the new mandates, the pope also approved the order’s new constitutional charter and regulations. The changes go into immediate effect.
“After listening and dialoguing with various representatives of the Order, the time has come to complete the renewal process that has been initiated, in fidelity to the original charism,” Francis said in the decree’s preamble.