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Order of Malta's Grand Master dies from incurable disease

Fra' Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto, the Grand Master of the Order of Malta died Wednesday. 

According to a press release by the Order, Dalla Torre, 75, was diagnosed with “an incurable disease a few months ago.” 

He was the 80th Grand Master of the Knights, elected in 2017 as interim leader and official leader in 2018. He is remembered for his dedication to the needy. 

Former Grand Master, Order of Malta
“The Order of Malta goes out to meet the poor, where it is obvious, which is on the street, but also to the poverty of families. In recent times, we have noticed that there are two emergencies that have grown and are, paradoxically, poorly understood."

During his time as Grand Master, Dalla Torre patched up problems with the Vatican, begun by the previous Grand Master, Matthew Festing, who debated who should run the Order. 

To elect a new Grand Master, 54 senior officials meet at the Magistral Villa in Rome for a secret ballot vote. Due to coronavirus, this election could be pushed back. 

Melissa Butz