Sovereign Military Order of Malta

 

Location of the Headquarters of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta in Rome, ItalyFlag of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and Malta, better known as the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, has a two-fold nature. It is one of the most ancient religious Catholic Orders, founded in Jerusalem in around 1050. It celebrated the 9th centennial of its official foundation in 1999. At the same time it has always been recognised by nations as an independent subject of international law. The Order's mission is summed up in its motto "Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum" - defence of the faith and assistance to the suffering.

 

The Order of Malta works in the field of medical and social care and humanitarian aid, in over 120 countries, supported by the diplomatic relations it currently has with 94 nations. The Order also runs hospitals, medical centres, day hospitals, nursing homes for the elderly and the disabled, and special centres for the terminally ill. In many countries the Order's volunteer corps provide first aid, social services, emergency and humanitarian interventions. Malteser International, the Order’s worldwide relief service, works in the front line in natural disasters and armed conflicts.

 

For over 40 years, the Order has been dealing extensively with the treatment of leprosy through its CIOMAL foundation (Comite International de l'Ordre de Malte). CIOMAL is also involved in the fight against disease or handicaps and has launched programmes to assist mothers and children in the third world who suffer from AIDS. The Order is also engaged in the cultural field.

 

In accordance with public international law, the Order maintains full diplomatic relations with 94 countries through its embassies. It also has permanent observer status at the United Nations and the Commission of the European Union as well as in 16 International Organisations such as the FAO and UNESCO. Diplomatic relations allow the Order to intervene with timely and effective action in the event of natural disaster or armed conflict. Due to its neutral, impartial and non-political nature, the Order can act as a mediator whenever a State requests its intervention to settle a dispute.

 

The Order issues passports, licence plates, stamps and coins. Stamps are valid on letters posted at the Headquarters in Rome (68 Via dei Condotti). With many countries postal agreements are concluded that allow these letters to be sent through their postal system. The major catalogues do not list the Order's stamps. Only the Italian Sassone catalogue contains a full listing.

 

 

 

Links

 

Order of Malta in Wikipedia.

Flag of the Order of Malta in Flags of the World.

The website of the Philatelic Service (stamp descriptions only in Italian).

Official website of the Order of Malta.

General Assembly Resolution 48/265 of 24 August 1994 granting the Order Observer Status in the General Assembly.

Permanent Observer Mission of the Order of Malta to the United Nations.

 

 

Stamp catalogue

 

UNHCR 20th anniversary

date:                       11 October 1971

designer:                 -

printer:                    Carte Valori Staderini, Rome

perforated:              13:12½

 

1     20 GRANI          UNHCR emblem on a Maltese cross, text "VENTENNALE ALTO COMMISSARIATO / NAZIONI UNITE

                               PER I RIFUGIATI 1951-1971"

                               red, blue, grey

                               (cat. Sassone 71)

 

Sovereign Military Order of Malta - stamp as described above

 

2     2 TARÍ              UNHCR emblem on a Maltese cross, text "VENTENNALE ALTO COMMISSARIATO / NAZIONI UNITE

                               PER I RIFUGIATI 1951-1971"

                               red, dark green, light green

                               (cat. Sassone 72)

 

Sovereign Military Order of Malta - stamp as described above

 

3     1 SCUDO           UNHCR emblem on a Maltese cross, text "VENTENNALE ALTO COMMISSARIATO / NAZIONI UNITE

                               PER I RIFUGIATI 1951-1971"

                               red, purple, pink

                               (cat. Sassone 73)

 

Sovereign Military Order of Malta - stamp as described above

 

 

International Year of Disabled Persons

date:                       15 October 1981

designer:                 -

printer:                    Printex Limited, Malta

perforated:              14:13¼

 

4     5 TARÍ              St. John the Baptist reaching out to a disabled, St. John's Hospital in Rome, text "1981, ANNO

                               MONDIALE / DELL'HANDICAPPATO"

                               multicoloured

                               (cat. Sassone 194)

 

Sovereign Military Order of Malta - stamp as described above

 

5     2 SCUDI            tree with broken branch and branch with leaves and flowers, protecting hands (rehabilitation),

                               text "1981, ANNO MONDIALE / DELL'HANDICAPPATO"

                               multicoloured

                               (cat. Sassone 195)

 

Sovereign Military Order of Malta - stamp as described above

 

 

World Food Day

date:                       16 October 1981

designer:                 -

printer:                    Printex Limited, Malta

perforated:              14:13¼

 

6     4 SCUDI            hand with wheat, globe, text "LOTTA CONTRO LA FAME NEL MONDO"

                               multicoloured

                               (cat. Sassone 196)

 

Sovereign Military Order of Malta - stamp as described above

 

 

International Youth Year

date:                       7 October 1985

designer:                 -

printer:                    Printex Limited, Malta

perforated:              13¾:14

 

7     1 SCUDO           flag with Maltese cross, IYY emblem, text "ANNO INTERNAZIONALE / DELLA GIOVENTU' / 1985"

                               red, black, grey

                               (cat. Sassone 240)

 

Sovereign Military Order of Malta - stamp as described above

 

 

International Year of Peace

date:                       9 December 1986

designer:                 -

printer:                    Printex Limited, Malta

perforated:              13¾:14

 

8     1 SCUDO           globe, peace doves, peace symbol, text "1986 / ANNO DELLA PACE"

                               multicoloured

                               (cat. Sassone 260)

 

Sovereign Military Order of Malta - stamp as described above

 

 

International Conference on Nutrition, Rome

date:                       16 October 1992

designer:                 -

printer:                    Printex Limited, Malta

perforated:              14:13¾

 

9     10 SCUDI           world map, FAO and WHO emblems, text "CONFERENZA / INTERNAZIONALE / SULLA

                               NUTRIZIONE / Roma 1992"

                               blue, green, red

                               (cat. Sassone 415)

 

Sovereign Military Order of Malta - stamp as described above

 

 

International Year of the Family

date:                       21 February 1994

designer:                 -

printer:                    Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato, Rome

perforated:              14:13¼

remark:                   painting ca 1650, Museo del Prado, Madrid

 

10    10 SCUDI           painting "The Holy Family with a little bird" by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617-1682), text

                               "1994 - Anno internazionale della famiglia"

                               multicoloured

                               (cat. Sassone 447)

 

Sovereign Military Order of Malta - stamp as described above

 

 

UNO 50th anniversary

date:                       20 April 1995

designer:                 -

printer:                    Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato, Rome

perforated:              14

 

11    350 GRANI        UNO jubilee emblem, peace doves, text "50° ANNIVERSARIO / ORGANIZZAZIONE NAZIONI UNITE"

                               green, red

                               (cat. Sassone 470)

 

Sovereign Military Order of Malta - stamp as described above

 

12    13 SCUDI           UNO jubilee emblem, peace doves, text "50° ANNIVERSARIO / ORGANIZZAZIONE NAZIONI UNITE"

                               blue, red

                               (cat. Sassone 471)

 

Sovereign Military Order of Malta - stamp as described above

 

 

FAO 50th anniversary

date:                       19 June 1995

designer:                 -

printer:                    Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato, Rome

perforated:              14

 

13    12 SCUDI           African child, FAO jubilee emblem

                               brown, red

                               (cat. Sassone 473)

 

Sovereign Military Order of Malta - stamp as described above

 

 

Observer Status at the United Nations General Assembly

date:                       20 October 1997

designer:                 -

printer:                    Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato, Rome

perforated:              13¼:14

remarks:                  part of a series of four stamps to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Rivista magazine; stamps

                               depict magazine covers from 1988 to 1994

 

14    6 SCUDI            ambassador Count Don Carlo Marullo di Condojanni, secretary-general Boutros Boutros-Ghali (cover

                               1994)

                               multicoloured

                               (cat. Sassone 526)

 

Sovereign Military Order of Malta - stamp as described above

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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last revised: 18 November 2008