Last month, a solemn investiture was held at the International Diplomatic Headquarters of the Knights of Malta at Castello dei Baroni, Wardija, under the patronage of the Prince, Grand Master Baron Nicholas F.S. Papanicolaou (R foreground), and Duke Adrian Busietta, Grand Master Emeritus.
The new postulants from several countries included Valeriv Vynogradnvy and Olag Bhakmatyuk from Ukraine; Anatoli Strigo and Tatiana Kalinina from Russia; Robert Juharos from Hungary; Norah Maier from Austria; Paul J.M. Quaedulieg from Holland; Renald Attard from the US; Antonino Cancemi, Sergio M. De Simone, Rosario Iacono and Angelo Tartufoli of Italy; and Alfred Fenech, Anthony Fenech, Hector Cassola, Antoine Bonello, Dominic Galea, Amy Joan Zahra, Ruth Sammut Casingena and Josette Sciberras of Malta. Serving Brother from the UK was Peter Beaumont.
During the ceremony, Chevaliers Simon Grixti, Alberto Serra and Bruno Romani were promoted to Knight Commanders.
Knights and dames were welcomed by Mr Busietta and Marie Angelique Caruana at a lavish reception held in the palace’s magnificent gardens. Special guests included Russian Ambassador Andrey E. Granavsky, the Grand Prior of Hungary, Chev. Arped de Bonta, the Grand Prior of Austria, Chev. Dr Wil Goodheer, the Grand Prior of Greece Chev. George C. Georgopoulos, the Grand Prior of Florida, Chev. Keith Carson, and the Grand Chancellor of Assisi, Chev. Prof. Georgio Cegnia.
A formal gala dinner was later held at the Casino Maltese, Valletta, where guests were entertained by singer Analyse Psaila and by an excellent choir, led by soprano Ruth Sammut Casingena. Chev. Peter. W. Van Zwet was the master of ceremony. A delegation of knights and dames also visited the Cittadel in Gozo and attended Mass at the cathedral, celebrated by Nikol Cauchi, bishop emeritus.
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Note from Aftermath News:
The above Knights of Malta, or Sovereign Order of St John of Jerusalem, want you to understand that they are a Protestant order and have absolutely no connection to the Catholic Knights of Malta, or the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (SMOM). They want to be very, very clear on that. Very explicit indeed. Yes, they get very testy about people getting these very similar orders mixed up, though they do admit it is extremely confusing to the uninitiated of course.
Even though they both have intimate ties with the island nation of Malta, share the same name “Knights of Malta” and same historical roots, the same 8-pointed cross, and their Grandmasters (Nicholas Papanicolaou and Andrew Bertie) are both related through noble peerage to the royal family and Queen of England (who was Queen of Malta 1964 to 1974), there is absolutely no connection between them whatsoever. None. Nada. At all. Understand? And all these rituals, initiations, rankings, regalia, capes, oaths of obedience and labyrinthine, confusing organizational structures of a multitude of similar orders set up and maintained by the ultra-rich aristocractic elite of Europe, which are as yet almost completely unknown to the general public, are purely there for charitable purposes, to serve mankind. Alright? They are not secret societies. They might be societies with secrets, but certainly not secret societies. Be very, very clear about that, so there is nothing to see here and nothing to investigate or to worry about. Now just go about your business, act normally and pretend you didn’t see this.
Glad we got that straight. (*wink wink*).