Knights of Malta is 900 years old

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Posted: February 8, 2013

Associated Press

Matthew Festing is the prince and grand master of the Knights of Malta. It’s an ancient Roman Catholic religious order, and this week marks its 900th anniversary as a Vatican-recognized religious order dedicated to caring for the poor, sick and destitute around the globe. (Photo by Gregorio BorgiaAssociated Press)
A Palestinian nurse at the Holy Family Hospital in the West Bank town of Bethlehem takes care of a newborn baby. The Holy Family Hospital is one of the many run by the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, an ancient Roman Catholic religious order that boasts diplomatic relations with 100-plus countries, an aid group that runs hospitals, ambulance services and old-folks homes on six continents, and a nominally sovereign entity that issues its own stamps, coins, license plates and passports, yet has no state to call home. (Photo by Bernat ArmangueAssociated Press)




ROME — Matthew Festing — aka His Most Eminent Highness, The Prince and Grand Master of the Knights of Malta — bounds into the sitting room of his magnificent Renaissance…

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