Dear Confreres, Consœurs, employees, volunteers and supporters of the Order of Malta throughout the world,

Never before have I felt so strongly the desire and the need to make you feel my closeness: it is true that we are far away. But we are not alone. We are united in our mission of faith in the great family of the Order of Malta. We live in an unprecedented situation, which worries and frightens us, which isolates us, but at the same time unites us in our efforts to face the great challenge represented by this pandemic.