Knights of Malta
“Knights of Malta” (per excerpts from the Order’s own historical data as provided to Eric Jon Phelps, author of the well-researched book Vatican Assassins):
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    “The Order of St. John [Ed. Note: which later became the Knights of Malta] was founded before the taking of Jerusalem in 1099 by the armies of the First Crusade [Ed. Note: by Roman Catholic Crusaders, and in accordance with the proclamation calling for ‘Holy Crusade’ by Pope Urban II]. It began as a monastic community dedicated to St. John the Baptist, which administered a hospice-infirmary for pilgrims to the Holy Land.  Originally connected with the Benedictines, it became, under Blessed Gerard (1120), an independent organization.  By the [papal] Bull of 15 February 1113, addressed to Gerard, Pope Pascal II approved the confraternity of the Hospital of St. John, placed it under the protection of the Holy See, and ensured its right of freely electing its heads…without any interference from other ecclesiastical or any lay authority.  In virtue of this [papal] Bull and of subsequent Papal acts, the Hospital became an exempt Order of the [Roman Catholic] Church.
    Owing to the political situation after the setting up by the Crusaders of the Kingdom of Jerusalem, the Order…was obliged to assume military functions for the protection of the sick, the pilgrims, and the Christian territory which the Crusaders had won back from the Muslims.  Accordingly, the Order of the Hospital of St. John acquired the additional character of an Order of Knighthood.  The Knights were thus also Religious, bound by the three monastic vows of Obedience, Chastity, and Poverty.  It thus became a persona mixta, a religious-military Order.
    …In 1291 Acre, the last Christian stronghold in the Holy Land was lost and the Order settled temporarily in Cyprus.
    …With the occupation of the island of Rhodes, completed in 1310…the Order acquired territorial sovereignty as well (and the Knights of St. John came to be called Knights of Rhodes).
    …The Knights gallantly repulsed numerous Turkish assaults, until the Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent attacked Rhodes…   On Christmas Eve of 1522 the Knights were forced to capitulate and, on 1 January 1523, left the island with military honors.  For the next seven years the Order, while vested with international sovereignty, was deprived of territory, until the cession by the Emperor Charles V…of the islands of Malta, Gozo, and Comino, as well as Tripoli in North Africa, in sovereign fief.
    …The navy of the Order of St. John (or of Malta as it now came to be called) became one of the most powerful in the Mediterranean…
    …In 1607 and, again, in 1620, the dignity of Grand Master was conjoined with the title of Prince of the Holy Roman Empire and in 1630 with the style of Eminence.
    …In 1798 [Napoleon] Bonaparte, engaged in a campaign against Egypt, occupied the island of Malta and drove out the Order.
    …After temporary seats in Messina, Catania, and Ferrara the Order finally established itself in 1834 in Rome, where it holds, extra-territorially, the Malta Palace…  From 1805 the Order was ruled by Lieutenants, until in 1879 when Pope Leo XIII restored the Grandmastership and the honors of a Cardinal attaching to it.
    …The Order of Malta constitutes the sole unbroken continuation of the Order of the Hospital of St. John recognized in 1113.  It alone is a religious Order of the Catholic Church and at the same time a Catholic Order of Knighthood.
    …On April 28, 1927 at the special request of…Pope Pius XI, the Supreme Council of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta granted a Constitution (Charter) creating the: American Chapter of the Knights of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.”

((Interesting Note by Editor of TTT: The Hospitallers (later to become the Knights of Malta) were one of three religious-military orders founded in the 12th century – the other two being the Knights Templar (or, the Templars) and the Teutonic Knights.  Concerning the Templars we are told the following by the 1955 World Scope Encyclopedia: “The Templars were founded in Jerusalem… The new order was given lodgings near the so-called Temple of Solomon… It was formally confirmed by Pope Honorius II in 1128.  …The order became…the international bankers of their time. They were the predecessors of the great banking families such as the Medici.  …The Templars were brought down by [King] Philip IV of France, and Pope Clement V.  …The order [i.e., the Knights Templar] was disbanded in 1312, and much of their great wealth was given to the Knights of St. John [which later became the Knights of Malta].”  This is indeed very important to remember – that this Roman Catholic Military Order, the Knights of Malta, which is co-located with the Jesuit Superior General in Rome, inherited “much” of the “great wealth” of the Knights Templar!  Also quite interestingly, at least five Knights of Malta have headed up the CIA: William “Wild Bill” Donovan, John McCone, William Casey, William Colby, and George Tenet.  Another Knight of Malta, James Jesus Angleton, for many years was the chief of the Counterintelligence Division at the CIA – as well as heading up both the Vatican and Israel “Desks” at the CIA – and, was the CIA liaison to the Warren (“Whitewash”) Commission.))

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