ARMISTICE DAY or REMEMBRANCE DAY (traditionally the 11th day of the 11 month in commemoration of the official cessation of hostilities in World War One) is a day when people around the world pause for a moment to remember those who have fallen in armed conflict.

In South Africa, the City of Cape Town annually hosts a large public parade and multi-faith service to commemorate those people of all nationalities who have paid the supreme sacrifice. This is not only members of armed forces, but also for those civilians who have lost their lives in times of war and insurrection.

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Saturday September 29, 2019 was a special day for the Order and for Italy as the newest Jurisdiction of the Order was inaugurated in Monreale.  The Ecclesiastical Grand Prior, Archbishop Mgr. Michele Pennisi, presided and the Grand Master Emeritus, HRH the Duke of Seville, installed the new Grand Bailiff,  HE Chev. Pino Zingale. 

The ceremony was preceded by a Vigil the previous evening for the 30 postulants joining the Order.

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Naděžda Asterová came from a respected family of entrepreneurs. Her grandfather was a constructor who used to build mainly sugar factories and distilleries in Bohemia and Moravia, thus contributing to the Czech land becoming a world power in sugar production. For this reason, the emperor Franz Joseph I. awarded him a title of nobility. Naděžda’s father was also a constructor, who was building Vinohrady, one of the luxurious quarters of Prague. One of his close friends was Karel Kramář, the first prime minister of the independent Czechoslovakia, resulting in Kramář’s Russian wife Naděžda being the godmother, passing her name on little Naděžda.  Naděžda was a unique child. Unfortunately, her father died when she was five years old.

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I join in the condolences of the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem for the removal from this earthly scene of the Grand Commander Emeritus of the Order and Chairman of the International Grand Bailiwick, Ronald Hendrikus Maria Hendriks, GCLJ, who distinguished himself through a series of important humanitarian involvements and engagements in the health sector and held important positions within the Order, in which he played a key role by saving and reorganizing the Malta Obedience of the Order and in the reunification of the Obediences of Malta and Paris.

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