Order of Malta
Grand Master of the Order of Malta died in Rome to 79 years
Rome .- The Prince and Grand Master of the Order of Malta, Fra Andrew Willoughby Ninian Bertie, died on Thursday in Rome to 79 years old, reported today the Order of Malta in a statement.
The chapel is burning installed in the church of Santa Maria del Priorato in Rome at 15.00 local time (14.00 GMT), reported local media.
The Sovereign Military Order of St. John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and Malta (SMOM), better known as the Order of Malta, dating from the early years of the twelfth century and was born for the purpose of providing hospital care, "as a community of brothers servants and poor. "
The Order of Malta belong more than 10,000 knights, including King Juan Carlos I of Spain.
The Order of Malta is a state without territory, a unique case in history, and maintains diplomatic relations with over 80 countries.
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Fra' Andrew Bertie: the last, emotional salute
‘We can without doubt say that Fra' Andrew Bertie was ‘one of the just’ in the biblical sense of the word. Because the just are those who are open to the Will of God, and our Grand Master, as one of these, wished to delineate a new order in history, to which he was passionately committed. This was our Grand Master.’ Thus the Cardinalis Patronus of the Order of Malta Pio Laghi recalled Fra' Andrew Bertie, Prince and Grand Master of the Order of Malta, during the solemn funeral celebrated today in Rome at the fifth century Basilica of Santa Sabina, on the Aventine Hill.
In his homily, Cardinal Laghi emphasised how the Grand Master had particularly promoted spirituality among the members of the Order, by his own example, and by always reminding them of the importance of the Order’s charism: Tuitio fidei, obsequium pauperum’. He was steadfast in his visits to the sick in hospital and in assisting the disabled during pilgrimages to Lourdes and to Loreto. To inspire all who work in the care of the sick and the needy and to modernise the structures and the organisation of the Order, he promoted meetings and conferences at the national and international level, the most recent being held in Malta, Lebanon, Cameroon, Bolivia, Mexico and the United States.
Mourners from around the world - the family members, friends, members of the Order, Cardinals, Ambassadors, volunteers and staff, all of whom held this servant of God in deep affection – attended the Funeral Mass for the Grand Master of the Order of Malta, Fra' Andrew Bertie, who died on 7 February at the age of 78.
At 11 o’clock the cortege departed from the Priory church and along the famous avenue of laurels of the Magistral Villa under a brilliant sun. Made up of members of Fra' Andrew’s family and senior members of the Order, two mounted Carabinieri of the Italian Republic stood to attention as the procession passed through the arched gateway. The monks of the nearby Benedictine abbey church of Sant’Anselmo walked alongside, intoning Gregorian chant. A military guard of honour made up of Carabinieri and the Order’s Military Corps of the Italian Association awaited the arrival of the coffin at the Basilica. The Last Post sounded.
The solemn High Mass was celebrated by the Cardinalis Patronus of the Order, Cardinal Pio Laghi, and concelebrated with Cardinals Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo, Poupard, Tauran, Martino, Rodé, Foley, the Prelate of the Order, Monsignor Angelo Acerbi, and numerous chaplains, all robed in purple. Also present were Cardinals Sodano, Daoud, Lajolo and Sozka.
The acting head of the Order, the Lieutenant ad interim, Fra' Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto, concluded the moving service by reading the Prayer of the Order in Latin. Then in solemn procession, the family and senior members of the Order accompanied Fra’ Andrew Bertie to his last resting place in the Order’s church of Santa Maria del Priorato, where he joins two other Grand Masters - Fra' Galeazzo de Thun Hoenstein (75th Grand Master, 1905-1931) and Fra' Angelo de Mojana de Cologna (77th Grand Master, 1962-1988). The interment which followed in the splendid eighteenth century Piranesi church was a simple ceremony - Latin prayers intoned over the coffin draped with the Order flag, a white eight-pointed cross on a red ground.
Around the world, at the same hour, Masses were celebrated in Order churches and chapels and hospitals to mark the passing of this much loved leader.
The Solemn Memorial Mass, when heads of state and dignatories from around the world will be present, together with members and volunteers the Order, takes place on Friday 7 March.
Sovereign Order of Malta - Official site
THE SOLEMN MEMORIAL MASS OF THE GRAND MASTER OF THE ORDER OF MALTA
Magistral Palace, 26 February 2008
The Grand Magistry announces that the Solemn memorial Mass of HMEH the Grand Master Fra’ Andrew Bertie will be celebrated at the Basilica Santi Bonifacio e Alessio, Aventine Hill, Rome on Friday 7 March at 5pm.
Heads of State, Cardinals, Ambassadors and dignitaries from many countries will join the
Lieutenant ad interim, the Sovereign Council, the family of Fra' Andrew Bertie and representatives of the Order's Priories and Associations for this solemn event. After the Mass the Sovereign Council will receive all who attended at the Magistral Villa.
Attendance is strictly by invitation.
Sovereign Order of Malta - Official site
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Official Visit by the Grand Master of the Order of Malta, His Most Eminent Highness Fra
The Grand Master of the Order of Malta, His Most Eminent Highness Fra' Matthew Festing, will undertake an official visit to Monaco on Sunday 31 July 2011.
He will be accompanied by Mr Jean-Pierre Mazery, Grand Chancellor of the Order of Malta.
H.M.E.H. Fra' Matthew Festing will be welcomed at 11.15 am at the Prince's Palace by H.S.H. Prince Albert II, H.E. Mr Michel Roger, Minister of State and Colonel Luc Fringant, Chamberlain.
He will receive military honours and at 11.30 am, a mass will be celebrated by H.E. Mr Bernard Barsi, Archbishop of Monaco and Canon César Penzo in the Palace chapel.
In case anyone is interested: Fra Matthew festing attended the requiem for Archduke Otto in Vienna.
Official visit to Monaco on July 31th, 2011.
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