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Source: Melita Historica. [Published by the Malta Historical Society]. 2(1959)4(262)

GALEA, Dr. Joseph, The Sovereign Order of Malta, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, 1958. 29p.

In this admirable digest Professor Galea, Vice-President of the Malta Historical Society, fulfils the aim he set out to achieve “ ... to give a slight idea of the glorious history of the Order. If it stimulates the reader to seek better information about the Order our labour will not be lost.”

Perhaps the best chapter is that devoted to the Order after its departure from Malta — a period characterised first by various attempts to acquire some territorial possession, gradually giving way to a policy of promoting the grouping of Knights into national associations and finally culminating in a return to the Order’s pristine ideals and activities for the benefit of suffering mankind. The circumstances leading to the appointment of a Commission of Cardinals by the Pope and the submission of their preliminary report in March, 1953, are also touched upon. Within the brief compass of this booklet the author managed to include a short list of references and various illustrations.

J.[oseph] C.[assar] P.[ullicino]