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Fra’ John T. Dunlap, Lieutenant of the Grand Master of the Order of Malta.

The Order of Malta has a new head, but has it lost its sovereignty?

Jun 14, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The Canadian-born lawyer Fra’ John T. Dunlap will serve as the Lieutenant of Grand Master. Read more

Pope Francis meets with the Order of Malta's Fra' Marco Luzzago on June 25, 2021.

Pope Francis mourns Order of Malta leader Fra’ Marco Luzzago

Jun 9, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Lieutenant of the Grand Master died on June 7 after a sudden illness. Read more

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What is the Order of Malta?

Jun 7, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Sovereign Military Order of Malta can be hard to define. The thousand-year-old entity is a Catholic religious order, medical... Read more

Pope Francis meets with the Order of Malta's Fra’ Marco Luzzago on June 25, 2021.

Order of Malta announces death of Fra’ Marco Luzzago after ‘sudden illness’

Jun 7, 2022

By CNA Staff

He had led the 1,000-year-old institution since 2020. Read more

Pope Francis meets with the Order of Malta's Fra’ Marco Luzzago on June 25, 2021.

Behind the Order of Malta’s reform debate is a clash of two visions

Mar 31, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope Francis will decide which of the two world views prevails. Read more

Pope Francis meets with the Order of Malta's Fra' Marco Luzzago on June 25, 2021.

The Order of Malta’s reform is now firmly in Pope Francis’ hands

Mar 7, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Knights said that the pope ‘listened carefully to their issues’ at a Feb. 26 meeting. Read more

Pope Francis meets with the Order of Malta's Fra' Marco Luzzago on June 25, 2021.

Pope Francis reportedly tells Order of Malta leaders there is ‘no urgency’ to complete reforms

Feb 28, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope will make the final decisions on reform of the 1,000-year-old order. Read more

Albrecht von Boeselager, Grand Chancellor of the Order of Malta.

After talks, Order of Malta Grand Chancellor says: ‘I am confident that we are now on the right path’

Jan 31, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis instructed the Order of Malta to reform its constitution and religious life in 2017. Read more

Cardinal Silvano Maria Tomasi.

‘Our future is in danger’: 1,000-year-old Order of Malta in turmoil amid crunch talks

Jan 26, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

A meeting on reform of the order’s constitution has exposed deep tensions. Read more

Albrecht von Boeselager.

Top official won’t join Order of Malta reform working group, citing threat to sovereignty

Jan 20, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Albrecht von Boeselager announced his decision in a letter to senior officials. Read more

The flag of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.

The Order of Malta’s new statutes could dilute its sovereignty forever

Jan 19, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The reform process is entering a critical stage. Read more

The funeral of Fra’ Matthew Festing, the Order of Malta’s 79th Grand Master, takes place at St. John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta, Malta, Dec. 3, 2021.

PHOTOS: The funeral of Fra’ Matthew Festing, the Order of Malta’s 79th Grand Master

Dec 4, 2021

By CNA Staff

He was interred in the Crypt of the Grand Masters at St. John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta. Read more

Fra’ Matthew Festing, the Order of Malta’s 79th Grand Master, pictured on Feb. 18, 2013, at the order’s headquarters in Rome.

Order of Malta’s 79th Grand Master to be buried in Maltese cathedral’s crypt

Nov 18, 2021

By CNA Staff

The funeral will be held on Dec. 3 at St. John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta. Read more

Fra’ Matthew Festing, the Order of Malta’s 79th Grand Master, addresses the diplomatic corps in January 2015.

Former Grand Master of the Order of Malta dies at 71

Nov 15, 2021

By CNA Staff

Fra’ Matthew Festing was Grand Master from 2008 to his resignation in 2017. Read more

Pope Francis meets with the Order of Malta's Fra' Marco Luzzago on June 25, 2021.

Order of Malta thanks Pope Francis for choosing to 'accelerate the process of reform'

Oct 27, 2021

By Courtney Mares

"As my special delegate you have all the powers necessary to decide any questions that may arise," the pope wrote... Read more

Fra’ Marco Luzzago.

Order of Malta opts to elect a Lieutenant of the Grand Master amid constitutional reform

Nov 8, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The Order of Malta elected Fra’ Marco Luzzago as the Lieutenant of the Grand Master on Nov. 8. to serve... Read more

Archbishop Silvano Maria Tomasi.

Pope Francis names Archbishop Tomasi delegate to Order of Malta

Nov 1, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis on Sunday named Archbishop Silvano Maria Tomasi his special delegate to the Order of Malta, following the resignation... Read more

Flag of the Sovereign Military Oder of Malta.

Order of Malta to elect new Grand Master amid constitutional clash

Oct 27, 2020

By Ed Condon

In normal times, the election of a new Grand Master of the Order of Malta would be a fascinating enough... Read more

An Order of Malta ambulance in Dublin, Ireland.

The Order of Malta: Serving in a time of crisis 

Oct 24, 2020

By Ed Condon

On October 23, CNA interviewed HE Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager, Grand Chancellor of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, about... Read more

Roma children practice gymnastics on horseback at an Order of Malta school in Romania.

‘I really pray for these kids’: the Catholic ambassador on a mission to help Europe’s largest minority

Aug 21, 2020

In 2013, Franz Salm-Reifferscheidt made a life-changing visit to Rome. The retired Austrian businessman had an appointment with the Grand... Read more