At 900 years, Knights of Malta confronts modernity
A Palestinian nurse at the Holy Family Hospital in the West Bank town of Bethlehem takes care of a newborn baby. The Holy Family Hospital is one of many run by the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, an ancient Roman Catholic religious order that boasts diplomatic relations with 100-plus countries, an aid group that runs hospitals, ambulance services and old folks' homes on six continents, and a nominally sovereign entity that issues its own stamps, coins, license plates and passports, yet has no state to call home.
At 900 years, Knights of Malta confronts modernity.
ROME – Matthew Festing – aka His Most Eminent Highness The Prince and Grand Master of the Knights of Malta – bounds into the sitting room of his magnificent Renaissance palazzo sweaty and somewhat disheveled, and asks an aide if he should take off his sweater to be photographed.. Read At 900 years, Knights of Malta confronts modernity...