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Tuesday, 2 May 2018, Magistral Palace, Rome: Fra’ Giacomo dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto was elected the 80th Prince and Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta.

The electing body, the Council Complete of State, the electoral body counting 54 members, convened at the Magistral Villa, one of the Order of Malta’s two institutional seats, in Rome.

Elected Lieutenant on 29 April 2017, Fra’ Giacomo dalla Torre is now elected ad vitam as the order’s Prince and Grand Master.

The new Grand Master shall be responsible for continuing the reform of the Constitution of the Order of Malta started in 2017, to adapt it to the development that the Order has experienced in recent decades. Currently present in 120 countries around the world with over 2,000 projects in the medical-social field, the Order of Malta has more than 120,000 volunteers and medical staff. The Constitutional Charter and the Code were promulgated in 1961 and partly reformed in 1997.

The Grand Master

According to the Order’s Constitution the Grand Master is the sovereign and religious head of the Order. Elected for life, he must fully dedicate himself to the development of the works of the Order and set an example of living by Christian principles to its members. He is vested with supreme authorities. Together with the Sovereign Council, the Grand Master issues the legislative measures not covered by the Constitution, promulgates government acts and ratifies international agreements. The States with which the Order has diplomatic relations recognise the Grand Master with the prerogatives, immunities and honours reserved for Heads of State.

The Grand Master resides at the Order’s seat of government, the Magistral Palace in Rome.

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