The new lieutenant of the grand master of the Knights of Malta will lead efforts to reform the order following a tumultuous period that brought to light many of the ancient institution’s internal disputes.
Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre, elected on 29th April to lead the Knights of Malta for a one-year period, will work on a constitutional reform that ‘will address potential institutional weaknesses,’ the order said in a press release following the election.
‘The recent crisis has shown some weaknesses in the checks and balances in governance,’ it said. ‘The reform will take this into consideration.’
Born in Rome, Dalla Torre has been a member of the order since 1985 and held several prominent roles in the order’s hierarchy. Following the death of the 78th grand master, Fra’ Andrew Bertie, he served as lieutenant ad interim prior to the election of Fra’ Matthew Festing.
Dalla Torre’s election closes a difficult chapter in the order’s history and tensions that lead to Festing’s resignation on 24th January at the behest of Pope Francis, who had established a commission to investigate his removal of the order’s grand chancellor, Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager.
Picture: Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto, right, is seen during the oath ceremony at Santa Maria in Aventino in Rome on 30th April. He was elected on 29th April to lead the Knights of Malta for a one-year period, and will work on a constitutional reform that ‘will address potential institutional weaknesses,’ the order said in a press release. (CNS photo/Order of Malta via EPA).