The Order of Malta
The Order of Malta, or more specifically, the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta is a religious order of the Catholic church with a humanitarian mission. The birth of the Order dates back to around 1048 when Christians, visiting the Holy Land, gained permission to build a church, convent and hospital in Jerusalem where they were able to assist arriving pilgrims.
In addition, the Order of Malta is a subject of international law with a special status. It is not a separate state since it has no territory or population, nor an international organization because it was not created by the agreement between the states and does not pursue economic or political objectives. The Order of Malta has always been recognized as independent and neutral. This identity makes the Order of Malta a unique institution. The Order of Malta follows the old Latin motto: ‘Tuitio fidei et obsequium pauperum’, Witness of the faith and assistance to the poor. Its mission is to fight poverty, exclusion, diseases and loneliness. The 900 years humanitarian vocation of the Order of Malta’s is renewed daily in its hospitals, medical and social centres in over 120 countries The Order of Malta provides assistance for everyone who needs it. The institution also has well-organized emergency services in different parts of the world.