The Maltese Association’s Rome Experience
Well over fifty members and volunteers of the Association joined 5,000 others who congregated in Rome for the historic celebration of the 900th anniversary of the Papal Bolla Pie Postulatio Voluntatis. Granted in 1113 by Pope Paschal II, this unique document, which is conserved in Malta’s own National Library, extended official recognition to our Order, formed some years earlier under the Benedictine rule, and brought it under the direct protection of the Holy See.
The Holy Father, Benedict XVI, granted the Order a singular honour when he authorised the use of St Peter’s Basilica for a solemn Mass of thanksgiving, celebrated by the Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.
His Holiness further honoured the Order by granting an audience at the end of Mass, and addressing the congregation with a historic speech.
The words “your valuable work is a living testimony to the Gospel” shall remain forever a majestic endorsement, if one was ever needed, of the esteem with which the Order is viewed by the Holy Catholic Church. The full text of His Holiness’s speech can be viewed here
The Association organised a trip to Rome to coincide with this important event, which included extremely interesting guided tours of the Eternal City, visits to exhibitions, and a most enjoyable convivial dinner in a restaurant close to the Hotel Quirinale, during which His Eminence Prospero, Cardinal Grech was the guest of honour.
The Association remains particularly grateful to Count Joseph Bugeja Fontani and his staff at Globalair Travel for having coordinated the event, as well as to our good friend Joanna Fragano, the General Manager at the Hotel Quirinale, who took care of us so well.