SINGAPORE – The Order of Malta is making preparations to hold Lourdes-2 on Saturday Dec 6 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. The first Lourdes in Singapore was held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in December 2005? This will be the main project of the group for 2008.

During the year, some 30 Knights and Dames will be going with Archbishop Nicholas Chia to Lourdes to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Our Lady of Lourdes at Massabille.

The Singapore Order has been invited to help with the international leprosy eradication progamme, and to join the Emergency Arm of the Order of Malta, called Malteser International, since there are so many natural disasters in this region.

The Singapore Order is equipping a new clinic and dispensary at Chiem Chong, north of Luan Prabang in Northern Laos. A MOU with the Ministry of Health of Laos has been signed. The whole developement was built at a cost of S$75,000 with funds provided by an anonymous donor. This project is being implemented with the collaboration and support of Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio. n

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