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    PRINCE FRA ANGELO DE MOJANA, THE FIRST GRAND MASTER OF THE KNIGHTS OF MALTA TO VISIT THE ISLAND SINCE 1798, TODAY ATTENDED MASS IN ST.

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    PRINCE FRA ANGELO DE MOJANA, THE FIRST GRAND MASTER OF THE KNIGHTS OF MALTA TO VISIT THE ISLAND SINCE 1798, TODAY ATTENDED MASS IN ST. JOHN'S CATHEDRAL, IN VALETTA. THE KNIGHTS, THE WORLD'S OLDEST ORDER OF CHIVALRY, RULED MALTA FOR 270 YEARS, UNTIL THEY WERE EJECTED BY NAPOLEON'S FORCES IN 1798.

    THE PRINCE ARRIVED IN MALTA LAST WEEK TO A MULTI-GUN SALUTE AND A WELCOME FROM THOUSANDS OF MALTESE. SINCE HE HAS BEEN ON THE ISLAND HE HAS BEEN VISITING GOVERNMENTAL, COMMERCIAL AND ECCLESIASTICAL CENTRES, AND IS DUE TO LEAVE AGAIN ON MONDAY.

    THE ORDER OF THE KNIGHTS OF MALTA STILL RETAINS ITS SOVEREIGN STATUS UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW, BUT NOW DEVOTES ITSELF TO CHARITABLE WORK, NOTABLY IN THE MEDICAL FIELD.

    THE ARRIVAL OF PRINCE FRA ANGELO DE MOJANA COINCIDES WITH THE RELAUNCHING BY THE KNIGHTS OF A "CRUSADE OF SOLIDARITY AND HUMAN BROTHERHOOD".

    THE KNIGHTS WERE FORMED DURING THE CRUSADES, AND SETTLED SUCCESSIVELY ON RHODES AND MALTA. FOR OVER TWO CENTURIES, FROM 1530 TO 1798, THEY RULED MALTA WITH A ROD OF IRON, BUILDING CHURCHES AND PALACES AND DEFENDING THE ISLAND AGAINST INVADERS. THEY ALSO BUILT THE ISLAND'S PRESENT FORTRESS-CAPITAL, VALETTA.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD6VC49K3H099MDRPYXGPWC2GB
    Media URN:
    VLVAD6VC49K3H099MDRPYXGPWC2GB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/06/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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