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Posteritatis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:38 AM
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Knights [of Malta] bury their leader in Rome
Source: BBC News

The grand master of the order of the Knights of Malta - a powerful Catholic body that traces its origins to the Crusades - has been buried in Rome.

His Most Eminent Highness Fra' Andrew Bertie was the first Englishman to lead the order since the 13th Century and was grand master for almost 20 years.

The order is non-political and runs relief operations in 120 countries, supported by 80,000 volunteers.

It is well known for the work it does in many Muslim countries.

Read more: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7284655.stm



I don't know much about the Knights of Malta, but it certainly sounds like this guy put the order to good use during his time at its helm.
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provis99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:46 AM
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1. The conspiracy nuts will be going wild
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OKthatsIT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 11:43 AM
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6. The PROPAGANDIST are always first to throw up the dust
to keep the truth from surfacing in full blown newspaper stories. People who research the Jesuits are doing everyone a favor. But the Bush 'propaganda team' makes sure ALL RESEARCHERS are rendered impotent by such commentors and comments.

However, it won't detour the Truth, because ultimately once you understand 'The Order' one has to conclude, 'All Roads Lead to Rome'.
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Posteritatis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 04:26 PM
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7. .... ? (nt)
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:59 AM
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2. I hear his body will be protected by a series of elaborate mechanical traps. n/t
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UTUSN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 09:39 AM
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3. HaHAH!1 Good one!1 Took me by surprise, as all traps should. n/t
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TechBear_Seattle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 10:42 AM
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4. About the K of M
Edited on Sat Mar-08-08 10:43 AM by TechBear_Seattle
From the Wikipedia

The Knights Hospitaller (also known as the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta, Order of St. John, Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta, Knights of Malta, Knights of Rhodes, and Chevaliers of Malta; French: Ordre des Hospitaliers) is a Christian organization that began as an Amalfitan hospital founded in Jerusalem in 1080 to provide care for poor and sick pilgrims to the Holy Land. After the Christian conquest of Jerusalem in 1099 during the First Crusade it became a religious/military order under its own charter, and was charged with the care and defense of the Holy Land. Following the loss of the Holy Land by Christian forces, the Order operated from Rhodes, over which it was sovereign, and later from Malta where it administered a vassal state under the Spanish viceroy of Sicily.

When Napoleon captured Malta in 1798 the Knights ceased to be associated with any one place, but gave rise to successors in existence until the present.

...

In 1834, the revived Order established a new headquarters in Rome. The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta, better known as the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (SMOM), remains a Roman Catholic religious order which along with another order is a virtual Sovereign State with membership of many international bodies and observer status at others (such as the United Nations). The Grand Masters of the two Orders are thus Papal Viceroys who provide Vatican diplomacy with procedural support for making motions, proposing amendments and requiring votes in the sphere of international diplomacy. Both Orders maintain Embassies in and receive Ambassadors from the (mostly majority Catholic) countries who recognise their Sovereignty. Their claims of sovereignty are disputed by some scholars and remain unrecognised by many other countries.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knights_of_malta

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sovereign_Military_Order_o...

Updated with added information
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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 10:42 AM
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5. They use alot of "medics" -- like the young people on Bloody Sunday in Northern Ireland
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