- Mar 27, 2020
Albrecht von Boeselager, Grand Chancellor of the Order of Malta, has said the number of migrant deaths is something Europe can’t ignore, and stressed the importance of seeking a multilateral solution to the issue as nations prepare to adopt the U.N. global compact on migration.
After a crisis put the Knights of Malta into the media spotlight with numerous articles speculating about a rift between conservative and progressive factions within the ancient order, the organization is seeking to update its rules while holding steadfast to its most important traditions.
After an internal crisis that led to the resignation of the order’s former grand master, Fra’ Matthew Festing, the head of the Knights of Malta’s Italian relief corps reminds people of one of the primary focuses of the centuries old order: helping migrants, the poor and the marginalized.
In an interview, the Grand Chancellor of the historic Order of Malta, Albrecht von Boeselager, talks about the order’s crisis, the path going forward, the pope’s plan for reform and what is being done to help migrants, refugees and those displaced by war and poverty.
In an interview with an Austrian newspaper, the acting head of the Order of Malta has described being present at the meeting where the Grand Chancellor was asked to resign — and that it was American Cardinal Raymond Burke, not the Grand Master, who made the request.
The Knights of Malta is still insisting on its sovereignty in its showdown with the Vatican, even after Pope Francis effectively took control of the ancient religious order and announced a papal delegate would govern it. The Knights’s Sovereign Council meets today to consider whether to accept or reject the resignation of the order’s Grand Master, a move requested by Francis.