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Beatification cause opened for former head of Knights of Malta

February 24, 2015

A formal cause has been opened for the beatification of the late Fra Andrew Bertie, the 78th Grand Master of the Knights of Malta.

Fra Andrew Bertie became the head of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta in 1988, and served in that role until his death in 2008. Under his guidance the Knights of Malta provided help for the poor and the sick throughout the world. He is the first leader of the Knights of Malta ever to be proposed for beatification.

Cardinal Agostino Vallini, the vicar of the Rome diocese, presided at the Mass formally opening the cause. Cardinal Raymond Burke, the patron of the Knights of Malta, also took part in the ceremony.


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  • Posted by: EBR - Feb. 26, 2015 1:51 AM ET USA

    "He is the first leader of the Knights of Malta ever to be proposed for beatification." How could you be so wrong? I refer you to: After 900 years of recognized service, would you think it strange that the first candidate would only emerge today?