Order of Malta honours art historian

15 August 2014


Joy: An Order of Malta summer camp in Italy, this year

Joy: An Order of Malta summer camp in Italy, this year

AN ART historian, Dr Paul Caffrey, made history in Dublin last month by becoming the first Irish professed Knight of the Order of Malta since Henry VIII separated his Church from the See of Rome. Accompanied by the Prince and Grand Master of the Order of Malta, an Archbishop, many black-robed members of the Order processed into St Kevin's, a Roman Catholic church in Dublin, to witness Dr Caffrey's profession as an Irish Knight of Justice.

The Prince and Grand Master, Fra' Matthew Festing, who has the status of a Cardinal in Canon Law, led the ceremony. The RC Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Diarmuid Martin, was in attendance.

The Order of Malta has have diplomatic links with 104 States, but not with the Republic of Ireland, where its main function since the 1930s has been in the voluntary sector, caring for the ill and poor.


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