Mission of the Order
The Order and the Republic of Malta The Order has recently returned to Malta. The Order continued the domination of the Mediterranean, turning the island into a unassailable. Only Napoleon and betrayal in 1798 was able to capture it and take possession of all property of the Order. This episode was one of the less clear the history Hospitallers. Behind this episode began the diaspora (dispersion of a population in the world after the abandonment of the premises of origin) of the Knights, the Order was divided into many different orders. The most important were the Papal Order, and S.O.S.J. (Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem) who, after various wanderings between Russia and the United States resettled in Malta in 1964 with the Priory of the Maltese Language (1964 date of independence from England) – 1970 transfer of the headquarters of the United States of America in Malta.
Wherever they settled, the Knights Hospitallers always established first a Hospital and Hospice and then, if they needed to, built defence fortifications. What does being a Hospitaller mean in the Third Millennium? It means dedicating oneself to easing suffering and to bringing the balm of Christian charity to the sick, anywhere in the world, not only in hospitals but also in private homes and nursing homes in the shantytowns of destitute populations. The Order does not only dedicate itself to the sick, but also to the socially isolated, the victims of persecution and the refugees of any race and religious faith