International Conference of Heads of the Order’s Diplomatic Missions

accredited to European and African countries

Milan, at Palazzo Cicogna Mozzoni, on 30 and 31 May 2000

”A strong spiritual motivation, linked to an exemplary life that spurs members of the Order’s International Diplomatic Corps to perform their work tirelessly without distinction of nationality, in the interests of the ideals of the International Community, and especially the respect for the human person and the maintenance of peace.”

The purpose of the conference was to provide up-to-date information to ambassadors, who are asked to perform their duties and communicate their opinions to the Grand Magistry for the appropriate decisions. In urging ambassadors to continue along the path of dialogue, Count Marullo illustrated the initiative of Fort Sant’Angelo in Malta, where the Accademia Internazionale Melitense has been created. An International Study Centre will be established within this academy for training diplomats, dealing with subjects useful for ambassadors and their staff; it will also organise conferences like the present one but specialising in the different diplomacy sectors.



Roma. Città del Vaticano. Il Santo Padre Giovanni Paolo II ha ricevuto in udienza solenne il 26 giugno S.A.Eminentissima il Principe e Gran Maestro Fra’ Andrew Bertie, il Sovrano Consiglio, il Prelato dell’Ordine, S.E. Mons. Donato de Bonis, e l’Ambasciatore dell’Ordine presso la Santa Sede, S.E. Stefan Falez, in occasione della Festa del Santo Patrono dell’Ordine.

Rome. Vatican City. The Holy Father John Paul II, received in solemn audience on 26th June, H.M.E.H. the Prince and Grand Master, Fra’ Andrew Bertie, the Sovereign Council, the Order’s Prelate, H.E. Msgr. Donato de Bonis, and the Ambassador of the Order to the Holy See, H.E. Stefan Falez, in occasion of the Feast of the Patron Saint of the Order.

Roma. Villa Magistrale. Sua Altezza Eminentissima il Principe e Gran Maestro con S.E. il Gran Cancelliere ed il Maestro di Cerimonie davanti alla chiesa durante i tradizionali saluti del Corpo Diplomatico accreditato presso l’Ordine.

Rome. Magistral Villa. H.M.E.H. the Prince and Grand Master with H.E. the Grand Chancellor and the Master or Ceremonies in front of the church during the traditional greetings of the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Order.


On the external plane, the Grand Chancellor invited diplomats to remember that they must bear witness to the existence of the Sovereign Order, both with Catholicity and with Hospitaller activity. For this purpose, a documentation centre will be established in the academy to house the material belonging to the Order’s diplomatic missions. In its history, pointed out Amb. Count Marullo, the Order has been present in wars, activities and events.

Opening the second session, the Grand Chancellor focussed on the delicate role of the Grand Magistry, embassies and associations. He recalled the need for coordination between embassies and associations through the daily rapport between the two ministries of the Grand Magistry, the Secretariat for Foreign Affairs and the Secretariat for Domestic Affairs, who have to collaborate with extreme delicacy to avoid inefficiencies, always in the mutual respect of each other’s jurisdiction. This message, supported by the Constitutional Charter and Code, must be understood, the Grand Chancellor pointed out, as a new relationship between the internal and external, leading to development on all levels, including that of humanitarian activities.

In conclusion, Amb. Count Marullo returned to the relationship between embassies and associations, spelling out some important procedures and protocols.

The Grand Chancellor, after stressing the need for direct and vertical communication, referred to the Order’s resumption of its cultural commitment. It organises and promotes

exhibitions and conferences in which heads of State and government, members of the diplomatic corps, eminent experts and academics participate, and sets up museums, in future also itinerant, often with the involvement of the embassies. He concluded with the hope for a better cooperation among bodies through the Grand Magistry to develop the Order’s humanitarian action. In this regard he also indicated the goal to achieve the elevation to the rank of Observer State in the United Nations’ General Assembly. This can only be decided by the Secretary General, upon the reception, by now close, of a hundred diplomatic recognitions from the same number of countries.



Roma. Villa Magistrale all’Aventino. il Principe e Gran Maestro, insieme con S.E. il Gran Cancelliere, Amb. Conte Don Carlo Marullo di Condojanni, ricevono il Presidente della Repubblica Italiana, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, il 6 dicembre 1999.

Rome. Magistral Villa on the Aventine. H.M.E.H. the Prince and Grand Master with H.E. the Grand Chancellor, Ambassador Don Carlo Marullo di Condojanni, welcome the President of the Italian Italy, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, on 6 December 1999.








In alto a destra: Roma. Il Gran Cancelliere con il Presidente eletto della Repubblica Dominicana Hipólito Mejía e Consorte, in visita al Gran Magistero il 3 luglio. Agli incontri, che hanno avuto luogo nella sede della Villa Magistrale all’Aventino, hanno partecipato la consorte del Gran Cancelliere, Donna Elisabetta, il Segretario Generale per gli Affari Esteri, Amb. Francesco Guariglia, e i rispettivi Ambasciatori.

In basso a sinistra: Il Principe e Gran Maestro, S.A. Em:ma Fra’ Andrew Bertie, ha ricevuto al Palazzo Magistrale il Presidente della Repubblica Boliviana, Hugo Banzer Suarez in visita al Gran Magistero il 25 giugno, presente il Gran Cancelliere dell’Ordine, Amb. Carlo Marullo di Condojanni. La Signora Mireya Moscoso, Presidente della Repubblica di Panama, ricevuta al Palazzo Magistrale in Visita Ufficiale al Gran Magistero dell’Ordine in Roma, il 12 settembre, dove si è incontrata con il Gran Maestro, presenti il Gran Cancelliere, il Ministro degli Affari Esteri di Panama, José Miguel Aleman, autorità governative, i Membri del Sovrano Consiglio. In basso a destra: Il Principe e Gran Maestro e il Gran Cancelliere ha colloquio con il Sindaco di Roma, Francesco Rutelli.

Top, left: Rome. The Grand Chancellor with the President of the Dominican Republic Hipólito Mejía and his wife, during a visit to the Grand Magistry, on 3 July. The meetings were held at the Magistral Villa on the Aventine with the participation of the Grand Chancellor’s spouse, Donna Elisabetta, the General Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Amb. Francesco Guariglia, and the Ambassadors of both coutries.

Top, right: Magistral Palace. The Prince and Grand Master, H.M.E.H. Fra’ Andrew Bertie, received the President of the Bolivian Republic, Hugo Banzer Suarez, who visited the Grand Magistry on 25 June, together with the Grand Chancellor of the Order, Amb. Carlo Marullo di Condojanni.

Bottom, left: Mrs Mireya Moscoso, President of the Republic of Panama, was received at the Magistral Palace during an official visit to the Order’s Grand Magistry in Rome, on 12 September, where she met the Grand Master. The meeting was also attended by the Grand Chancellor, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Panama, José Miguel Aleman, government authorities, the Members of the Sovereign Council.

Bottom, right: The Prince and Grand Master and the Grand Chancellor during a talk with the Mayor of Rome, Francesco Rutelli.


 Milano. La Riunione degli Ambasciatori dell'Ordine accreditati presso i paesi europei e d'Africa, presieduta dal Gran Cancelliere, Amb. Conte Don Carlo Marullo di Condojanni, e organizzata dal Segretario Generale per gli Affari Esteri, Francesco Guariglia. In piedi l'Ambasciatore Bernard Dorin durante il suo intervento.

Milan. Meeting of the Order’s Ambassadors credited to the European and African countries, chaired by the Grand Chancellor, Amb. Count Don Carlo Marullo di Condojanni, and organised by the General Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Francesco Guariglia. On the right, standing, Ambassador Bernard Doring during his intervention.


Roma. Palazzo Magistrale. Sua Altezza Entissima il Principe e Gran Maestro Fra’ Andrew Bertie, con alla sua destra il Gran Cancelliere, Amb. Conte Don Carlo Marullo di Condojanni, ed insieme con le Alte Cariche ed i Dignitari dell’Ordine durante un’Udienza Solenne per la presentazione delle Lettere Credenziali degli Ambasciatori accreditati presso il Sovrano Ordine.

Rome. Magistral Palace. His Most Eminent Highness the Prince and Grand Master Fra’ Andrew Bertie, on his right the Grand Chancellor, Amb. Count Don Carlo Marullo di Condojanni, and the High Charges and the Dignitaries of the Order during a Solemn Audience for the presentation of the Credential Letters of the Ambassadors accredited to the Sovereign Order.