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The 900th Anniversary of Pie postulatio voluntatis

by Jon L. Rewinski, KM and John H. Porter

On February 15, 2013, the Order will celebrate the 900th anniversary of the issuance of Pie postulatio voluntatis, the papal bull (or bulla sacra) through which Pope Paschal II officially granted to the Hospital of Saint John certain protections, rights, and privileges in perpetuity. Pie postulatio voluntatis is Pope Paschal II’s response to a petition submitted by Blessed Gerard, the Order’s founder and Master of the Hospital. Gerard’s request demonstrates how much he had accomplished in the first decades of the Hospital.

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Introduction to the Order of Malta, the Western Association, and their Works

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The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta, often called the Knights of Malta, the Order of St. John, or simply the Order, is a lay religious order of the Roman Catholic Church dating back to the middle of the eleventh century and currently based in Rome.  The Order has three national associations in the United States, the Western Association, the Federal Association and the American Association, with principal administrative offices located in San Francisco, Washington DC and New York respectively.
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