Happy Pesach - Chag Pesach Sameach
 

The eight-day festival of Passover is celebrated in the early spring, from the 15th through the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan, April 10–18, 2017. It commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. It is observed by avoiding leaven, and highlighted by the Seder meals that include four cups of wine, eating matzah and bitter herbs, and retelling the story of the Exodus.

In Hebrew, it is known as Pesach (which means “to pass over”), because God (Jahve) passed over the Jewish homes when killing the Egyptian firstborn on the very first Passover eve.


The 29th Ceremony of Investiture of the Knights of Malta (KMFAP) on the 11th February 2017 in Florida, USA
 
Months of preparation preceded this long awaited historically important moment in the life of the Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, Knights of Malta, Federation of the Autonomous Priories (KMFAP). After a long pause, finally on the 11th of February 2017 a Solemn Ceremony of Investiture took place in the USA.

Report of the humanitarian organisation of Knights of Malta (KMFAP), the FEMERAID International – Budapest Unit’s work in 2016
 

In 2016 the humanitarian organisation of the Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, Knights of Malta, Federation of the Autonomous Priories (KMFAP), the FEMERAID International – Budapest Unit (the Central-Buda Volunteer Civil Protection Association – ÖPVE) paid exceptional attention to pre-conditioning children and youngster, orphans and not-in-family-live boys and girls too.

The association continuously works to raise the awareness of youngsters and town people on disasters, and emergency situations; so the children and adults can gain more information on disasters, disaster response, defence and rescue mechanism, such as first aid, or fire safety. Thanks to our activities their self-safety ability is growing, to be able to react in different emergency situations or to help in the work of the rescuers. They can utilize the learnt mechanism, not only in a disaster situation, but also in the everyday life. The people who take part in our disaster pre-conditioning training can increase his/her own and their environment’s safety.


Obituary of one of our most important Knights, Sir Mario Soares (7 Dec. 1924 - 7 Jan. 2017)
 

The Magisterial House of the Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, Knights of Malta, Federation of the Autonomous Priories (KMFAP) is deeply sorry to report the decease of one of our most prominent Knights: Sir Mário Soares, ex-President of Portugal.

Sir Mário Alberto Nobre Lopes Soares was for 2 mandates (from 1986 to 1996) President of the Republic of Portugal, after having been 2 times the Portuguese Prime Minister, and became a Knight of our Sovereign Order during his second Presidential mandate, when he was decorated with our Grand Collar – reserved exclusively for acting Heads of State – during an official ceremony at the Portuguese Presidential Palace, by our then Grand Prior of Portuguese Langue and now Grand Master of our Sovereign Order and State. President Sir Mário Soares is unanimously considered as the “father“ of the Portuguese Democracy and one of the most important European Politicians of the 20th Century.


Season's Greetings from the Lieutenant General of Knights of Malta (KMFAP)
 

 

On behalf of the Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, Knights of Malta, Federation of the Autonomous Priories (KMFAP)

we wish You all and Your beloved ones a Happy New Year!

H.G. Prof. George Popper
Lieutenant General, Prime Minister

Season’s Greetings from the Holy Land
 

To all my dear Friends, 

Season's Greetings for Christmas and Chanukka, to those we hold dear, from our home to yours, whether far or near.

May you enjoy a blessed and relaxing holiday seasons with much love and care, always......


Kings on Ice show under the patronage of Knights of Malta (KMFAP) in Slovakia
 
Thanks to the dedicated work of our great Slovakian knight, Sir Peter Lednar – Minister of Humanitarian Affairs of the Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, Knights of Malta, Federation of the Autonomous Priories (KMFAP) and our dear friend, Mr. Milan Jagnesak – along with Jeep car – KMFAP was the main patron of the fantastic “Kings on Ice” shows held in Kosice, Zilina and Zvolen (Slovakia) performed by the extraordinary Figure skater Evgeni Plushenko (four-time Olympic champion, three-time World champion, seven-time European champion) and his very talented team of skater artists as well as the world famous violinist, Edvin Marton playing his priceless Stradivarius.