Visita de S.A.E. Frá Matthew Festing - Porto, Portugal
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member razalas
N 41° 10.914 W 008° 36.018
29T E 533522 N 4559027
Quick Description: Plaque commemorating the visit of S.A.E. Frá Matthew Festing to the Hospital de S. João in Porto.
Location: Porto, Portugal
Date Posted: 7/23/2021 2:52:14 PM
Waymark Code: WM14KW3
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Kelux
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Long Description:
This is a metal plaque placed in a concrete pedestal and it reads:

"Visita de S.A.E. Frà Matthew Festing, 79º Principe e Grão-Mestre da Ordem Soberana de Malta dos Hospitalários de São João.

Hospital de São João, Porto em 29 de Abrilde 2015"
"Visit of S.A.E. Fra Matthew Festing, 79th Prince and Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta of the Hospitallers of St. John.

Hospital de São João, Porto on April 29, 2015"

Frà Matthew Festing
"Robert Matthew Festing (born 30 November 1949) served as Prince and Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta from 2008 until his resignation on 28 January 2017 following a dispute with the Vatican."
From: (visit link)

Sovereign Military Order of Malta
The Sovereign Military Order of Malta (SMOM), officially the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta, commonly known as the Order of Malta, Malta Order or Knights of Malta, is a Catholic lay religious order, traditionally of military, chivalric and noble nature. Though it possesses no territory, the order is a sovereign entity of international law and maintains diplomatic relations with many countries.

SMOM claims continuity with the Knights Hospitaller, a chivalric order that was founded c.?1099 by the Blessed Gerard in the Kingdom of Jerusalem. The order is led by an elected Prince and Grand Master. Its motto is Tuitio fidei et obsequium pauperum ('defence of the faith and assistance to the poor'). The order venerates the Virgin Mary as its patroness, under the title of Our Lady of Philermos. Its modern-day role is largely focused on providing humanitarian assistance and assisting with international humanitarian relations, for which purpose it has had permanent observer status at the United Nations General Assembly since 1994."
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Name of Military Order: Knights Hospitaller

Link documenting charitable acts: Not listed

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