Mapfre MSV Life sup­ports an­nual pil­grim­age to Lourdes

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Mapfre MSV Life has once again this year ex­tended its sup­port to­wards the in­ter­na­tional pil­grim­age of the Sov­er­eign Mil­i­tary Or­der of Malta to Lourdes which is held at the be­gin­ning of May each year. The do­na­tion was pre­sented by Michael Galea, chief of­fi­cer Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment at Mapfre MSV Life to Dr Michael Grech, Chan­cel­lor of the Mal­tese As­so­ci­a­tion of the Sov­er­eign Mil­i­tary Or­der of Malta.

This year 7,500 mem­bers of the Or­der, hail­ing from 45 coun­tries around the world at­tended, to­gether with some 250 priests and 380 doc­tors and nurses, who as­sisted 1,500 sick and dis­abled pil­grims.

Dr Grech ex­plained that the Mal­tese As­so­ci­a­tion of the Sov­er­eign Mil­i­tary Or­der of Malta was among the na­tional as­so­ci­a­tions of the Or­der par­tic­i­pat­ing at the pil­grim­age, with a to­tal com­ple­ment of 360 per­sons, of whom 70 sick and in­firm were as­sisted by mem­bers of the Or­der and numer­ous vol­un­teers. The Mal­tese del­e­ga­tion was led by the pres­i­dent of the Mal­tese As­so­ci­a­tion, March­esino Daniel de Petri Testa­fer­rata and was un­der the spir­i­tual guid­ance of H. Emm. Pros­pero Car­di­nal Grech.

This year was a spe­cial pil­grim­age for many rea­sons – it marked the 160th an­niver­sary of the Lourdes ap­pari­tions and also co­in­cided with the 60th an­niver­sary of the Sov­er­eign Mil­i­tary Or­der of Malta’s In­ter­na­tional Pil­grim­age. It also marked the first of­fi­cial en­gage­ment of the Or­der of Malta’s newly elected Grand Mas­ter H.M.E.H. Fra’ Gi­a­como Dalla Torre del Tem­pio di San­guinetto, who was elected to the post on 2 May.

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