Order of St John of Jerusalem of
Rhodes and of Malta
At the beginning of 2023, the Embassy of the Order of Malta received a large donation from Senator Merloni in Italy. It consisted of brand new lightweight duvets, blankets, winter boots, warm slippers, jackets, underwear, clothes and sweets.
As the cold weather approaches, the Order of Malta is once again helping the disadvantaged groups by providing basic foodstuffs and hot meals.
The Ambassador of the Sovereign Order of Malta Ursula Hofter Dzuccoli inaugurated the stop with the image of Villa Magistrale from the Aventine Hill in Rome, part of the small territory of the Order of Malta in the Eternal City. The image and the stop are located in front of the National Library of St. Cyril and Methodius" in Sofia.
On October 11, the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta held a reception at Sofia Hotel Balkan on the occasion of the feast of Blessed Gerard. The event was attended by many ambassadors, members of the diplomatic corps, representatives of the Presidency, the Council of Ministers, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the academic and cultural elite of Sofia.
From July 30th to August 6th, Maltacamp was held near the city of Rome - a summer camp of the Order of Malta for youth with disabilities, which takes place every year in a different country.
From the beginning of the year the Embassy started a collaboration with Italian Union of Enterprises - Confindustria, to promote different activities for disadvantaged children.
Active since November is the “Hot Meals” project, distributed by the Order’s volunteers to numerous rough sleepers every Thursday in one of the largest markets in the Bulgarian capital Sofia.
The Catholic Church in Bulgaria has opened the doors of its structures and the Order has decided to help Ukrainian refugees. We have sent donations for those housed in the city of Rakovski, 30 km from Plovdiv and in Russe where Caritas runs a crisis centre where Ukrainians stay while waiting to find better accommodations.