Giacomo dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto

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Giacomo dalla Torre
Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta
Acting
Assumed office
30 April 2017
Chancellor Ludwig von Rumerstein
Preceded by Ludwig von Rumerstein (Acting)
In office
7 February 2008 – 11 March 2008
Preceded by Andrew Bertie
Succeeded by Matthew Festing
Grand Commander of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta
In office
2004–2009
Monarch Andrew Bertie
Matthew Festing
Preceded by Ludwig von Rumerstein
Succeeded by Gherardo Hercolani Fava Simonetti
Personal details
Born Ludwig Hoffmann von Rumerstein
(1944-12-09) December 9, 1944 (age 72)
Rome, Italy
Education Sapienza University

Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto (born 9 December 1944) has been the acting head of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta since his election to a one-year term as Lieutenant ad interim[a] on 29 April 2017.[1][2] In 2008 he served in the same role in the interim between the Grand Mastership of Andrew Bertie and that of Matthew Festing.[3] The Lieutenant ad interim exercises the authority of the Order's Grand Master when that position is vacant.[4]

Born in Rome, he studied Christian Archeology and History of Art at the University of Rome. He held academic posts at the Pontifical Urban University, where he taught classical Greek. He served as that school's Chief Librarian and Archivist. He has published widely on all aspects of medieval art history.

He became a member of the Sovereign Order in 1985 and took his Solemn Vows in 1993. From 1994-1999 he was Grand Prior of Lombardy and Venice and from 1999 to 2004, a member of the Sovereign Council. In 2004 he was elected Grand Commander of the Order. In 2008 he became the Lieutenant ad interim following the death of Fra' Andrew Bertie, the 78th Grand Master. That same year he assumed the position of Grand Prior of Rome for the Knights of Malta.[1][5]

His brother Giuseppe Dalla Torre (it) is a senior Vatican official, President of the Tribunal of the Vatican City State.[5][6]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The title is technically Lieutenant of the Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta. It is always held ad interim while the position of Grand Master of the Order is vacant.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Fra' Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto elected Lieutenant of the Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta". Sovereign Order of Malta (Press release). 29 April 2017. Retrieved 29 April 2017. 
  2. ^ Conti, Paolo (29 April 2017). "Ordine di Malta, Fra' Giacomo Dalla Torre nuovo Luogotenente generale". Corriere della Sera (in Italian). Retrieved 29 April 2017. 
  3. ^ McKenna, Josephine (29 April 2017). "Knights of Malta elect new leader as Vatican seeks to bury feud". The Telegraph. Retrieved 29 April 2017. 
  4. ^ Smith, Sean (29 April 2017). "Knights of Malta will return to Rome in a year after electing a temporary leader". The Tablet. Retrieved 29 April 2017. The new lieutenant will have exactly the same powers as a grand master. 
  5. ^ a b "Ordine di Malta, Dalla Torre eletto luogotenente". La Stampa (in Italian). 29 April 2017. Retrieved 29 April 2017. 
  6. ^ Reese, Thomas (14 July 2016). "'VatiLeaks': A foolish and embarrassing case". National Catholic Reporter. Retrieved 29 April 2017. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Ludwig von Rumerstein
Grand Commander of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta
2004–2009
Succeeded by
Gherardo Hercolani Fava Simonetti
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Andrew Bertie
Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta
Acting

2008–2008
Succeeded by
Matthew Festing
Preceded by
Ludwig von Rumerstein
Acting
Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta
Acting

2017–present
Incumbent