From the 25th to the 27th of January the vice president of ECES Ambassador Jose Manuel Pinto-Teixeira, currently serving as Ambassador to the Order of Malta in Cape Verde and Mozambique, participated to the general Conference of the Order of Malta’s diplomacy.

The Sovereign Order of Malta is one of the oldest institutions of Western and Christian civilisation. A lay religious order of the Catholic Church since 1113 and a subject of international law, the Sovereign Order of Malta has diplomatic relations with over 100 states and the European Union, and permanent observer status at the United Nations. It is neutral, impartial and apolitical. Today, the Order of Malta is active in 120 countries supporting its medical, social and humanitarian works.

The 3 days conference brought together 100 ambassadors of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta to discusses and debate about the new challenges of the order, the new geopolitical landscape and humanitarian aid. Beside the participation of the 100 ambassadors the meeting saw the interventions of Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Giuliano Amato, former Italian Prime Minister, Cindy McCain, Executive Director of the World Food Programme, Amy Pope, Director General of the International Organization for Migration and Giulio Tremonti, President of the Foreign and Community Affairs Commission of the Italian Chamber of Deputies.

On the final day of the meeting Pope Francis received in private audience Vice-President of ECES together with the other representatives of the Sovereign Order of Malta.