POPE FRANCIS RECEIVES STAFF OF THE ORDER OF MALTA HOSPITAL
While meeting with Pope Francis, the Grand Master spoke of the activities of the Order of Malta, underlining the ancient tradition of assistance to the poor and the sick.
Pope Francis told those present to continue their work at the Hospital with courage and hope.
The Holy Father also strongly emphasized that today's crisis is not so much a question of economics as it is of morality. "The subsequent cutting of resources is offensive to human life and threatens to regard life as a mere object of exchange," the Holy Father explained.
The Holy Father called on the participants to consider their neighbor as the "Body of Christ."
The director of the Hospital of the Order of Malta, Tiziana Frittelli, thanked the Holy Father for the strong moral support he has shown towards healthcare in general and especially to Catholic institutions, giving encouragement to continue on the mission of caring for the weak and defenseless.
TUITIO FIDEI ET OBSEQUIUM PAUPERUM
With a presence in fifty-five countries—through six Grand Priories, six Sub-Priories and forty-seven National Associations— the Sovereign Order of Malta is dedicated to the care of the sick and the poor.
The mission of the Order is carried out through the efforts of 13,000 Knights and Dames of Malta, 80,000 volunteers, and 15,000 doctors, nurses and health care professionals, in more than 200 hospitals, medical centers, emergency relief, and an ambulance corps that provide aid for at least seven million people in 120 countries worldwide, most significantly through Malteser International.