Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre was elected the 80th grand master of the Knights of Malta on 2nd May and promised to continue the reform of the order begun last year when he was elected its interim head.
In a solemn procession after morning Mass, 73-year-old Dalla Torre and 53 other leaders of the Knights of Malta – including, for the first time, two women – walked into the order’s villa on Rome’s Aventine Hill to begin voting for a new leader.
The electors, who form the Council Complete of State, completed the voting in one morning. They chose their new grand master from among 12 eligible knights, who have taken solemn vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. They also had the option of deciding again to elect a lieutenant to oversee the order for one year.
Dalla Torre had served for the past year as lieutenant with the task of leading the revision of the order’s constitutions after months of turmoil and crisis.
Picture: Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre, left, lieutenant and interim leader of the Knights of Malta, and other knights walk in procession at the start of voting for a new leader in Rome on 2nd May. The Knights elected Dalla Torre as their new grand master from among 12 eligible knights to oversee the order for one year. The order’s former grand master resigned amid a conflict with Pope Francis. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).