In addition to celebrating humanitarian endeavors, the event also marked the introduction of a new sports project and the election of a new Grand Master and Sovereign Council
The National Day of the Sovereign Order of Malta was celebrated in the Republic of Serbia on Thursday, June 8th, within the picturesque garden of the Archbishop’s Palace, positioned next to the Embassy. The day was an opportunity to pay tribute to the Order’s humanitarian endeavors in Serbia and unveil the most recent wish to be granted.
The event also marked the announcement of a new project under the “Make a WISH to the Order of Malta” campaign. Spearheaded by Mino Raiola, the late manager of esteemed football champions, a multisport field is set to open in Bač on Friday, June 9th. The sports field, a donation to the local church, underscores the Order’s enduring commitment to humanitarian aid and the enhancement of local communities. Raiola, who tragically passed away last year, was a strong proponent of youth engagement in sports as a positive alternative to street dangers.
During the ceremony, H.E. Ambassador Alberto di Luca highlighted the strong ties between the Serbian government and the Order of Malta, expressing his gratitude to Minister Tomislav Žigmanov and State Secretary Ranđelović for their attendance. The Ambassador extended his appreciation to Apostolic Nuncio Mons. Santo Gangemi and the Catholic Archbishop of Belgrade, Mons. Ladislav Nemet, who also attended the event.
Moreover, Ambassador Di Luca acknowledged the presence and tireless work of the numerous accredited ambassadors and diplomatic representatives present. “Through your tireless work, you have contributed to strengthening the bonds between nations and promoting mutual understanding, fostering international cooperation based on peace and justice,” said Di Luca in his address.
The event bore special significance this year, as the Order of Malta recently elected a new Grand Master, Fra’ John Dunlap, who is set to serve for the forthcoming decade. A new Sovereign Council, whose term will span the next six years, was also announced.