Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Knights of Malta prepare for 900th anniversary celebration

Catholic World News - February 08, 2013

The Sovereign Military Order of Malta will celebrate its 900th anniversary on February 9 with a procession to the tomb of St. Peter and a Mass in the Vatican basilica.

Members of the Knights of Malta will meet with Pope Benedict XVI after the Mass. The military order, formally recognized by Pope Paschal II in 1113, is one of only two such orders officially recognized by the Holy See (the other is the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre).

An AP interview with Grand Master Matthew Festing, the head of the Order of Malta, explores the unique status of the order, which enjoys legal sovereignty although it owns no geographical territory, and is today dedicated to works of charity on a worldwide scale.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our July expenses ($16,162 to go):
$35,000.00 $18,838.29
46% 54%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Renewal with God Behind Us: Man Determines All 16 hours ago
Introducing the Church Fathers July 27
Straws in the Wind July 25
Hans Urs von Balthasar on Renewal that Matters July 25
Wrongheaded diocesan legal defenses in abuse cases July 24

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
New management, new changes coming for reformed Vatican bank CWN - July 8
Sweeping reforms to Vatican's media, financial operations CWN - July 9
‘Even Genghis Khan didn’t do this’: Mosul emptied of Christians CWN - July 21