Grand Commander Statement

"We join the world in shock and outrage at this cowardly and dishonourable attack against innocent concert goers." said Marcel de PICCIOTTO, Grand Commander of OSMTH. "Our deepest sympathies and prayers for the victims and families of the concert attack in the United Kingdom. Our members around the world stand in solidarity with our members in the Grand Priory of United Kingdom as they mourn the loss of these victims. Let us all stand together for freedom and peace."


HE BG Dr Chev Marcel de Picciotto Grand Commander


NEW YORK, April 4, 2017 – The nongovernmental organization (NGO) committee on education, learning and literacy (CELL) elected nine new officers in New York City on Thursday, March 30. The NGO CELL Nominating Committee oversaw the votes from 16 participating organizations. All candidates were elected with approval rates of over 87 percent.


NGO Letter to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres

24 March 2017 We, concerned NGOs and representatives of the feminist and women’s movement, wish to congratulate you on your appointment as Secretary-General of the United Nations. We also wish to thank you for your commitment to promoting gender equality and the advancement of women worldwide.


The Knights Templar: From History to the Twenty-First Century Mission

The Knights Templar: From History to the Twenty-First Century Mission: Nine Hundred Years Since the Foundation of the Poor Knights of Christ in the Temple of Jerusalem
(OSMTH Publications) (Volume 2) Paperback – April 1, 2017
by Pasi Pollanen (Author, Editor), Scott Simon (Editor)

In the present book, the history of the Knights Templar and subjects related to knighthood in general are analyzed from the perspective of several authors. The purpose of the book is to celebrate the nine-hundredth anniversary of the founding of a unique organization, the Poor Knights of Christ in the Temple of Jerusalem, which has created something permanent in spite of the stony road of the poor brethren and their modern-day equivalents. The book was prepared for the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem - OSMTH. This book is the first to study the roots of the 19th century Neo-Templars scientifically.

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We Pray for Those in Egypt and Nigeria

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land prays for our brothers and sisters in Cairo, Egypt and Uyo, Nigeria.


International Religious Freedom Day 2016

27 October 2016
Statement by His Grace Bishop Angaelos
General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom

As we mark International Religious Freedom Day, it is becoming more apparent that the Freedom of Religion or Belief is not only desirable, but fundamental to our ability as humanity to peacefully co-exist, and live with God-given dignity irrespective of our religious or non-religious convictions.

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Milestone Decisions

October 2016 – SOFIA, BULGARIA

During the Grand Magistral Council, (GMC) OSMTH (Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem) in Sofia two important Resolutions were adopted.




Christians and Muslims, we need to learn how to forgive

Sofia became host of the Fall Grand Magistral Council of the Sovereign Military Order of Templars, which is held two times per year. Among the participants was the Grand Commander colonel Mar-cel De Picciotto, who gave an interview for “Standart”.

15 October 2016
By Olya Al-Ahmed

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Bulgarian National TV Report

The Order of Knights Templars fights against the terrorism and for clean water access

15.10.2016 by Victor Dremsizov

The Grand Magistral Council of the OSMTH was held in Sofia. In the meeting participated 22 countries mostly European. The decisions, taken during the Council meetings were related to two basic subjects: clean drinking water access and the fight against terrorism.

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Middle Eastern Christians, religious extremism and the threats of World War III

Sept. 1, 2016 – CHICAGO

Middle Eastern Christians, religious extremism and the threats of World War III

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Munib A. Younan, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land and president of the Lutheran World Federation, delivered a powerful speech on Sunday, Aug. 28.


OSMTH’s raison d’etre is expressed through the Brussels Declaration: “Aiding humanity on the pilgrimage through life.”
Vision and Commitment
  • Christian Ethos, Spirituality and Chivalric Values.
  • Domestic Charity and International Humanitarian Aid
  • Human Rights and the respect for Human Diversity
  • Interfaith Dialogue and Bridge-Building
  • Provide humanitarian aid to Christians and all peoples in need around the world, through physical, financial, and moral support.
  • Continue programmes that aid Christians around the world, especially in the Holy Land.
  • Promote a dialogue based on the principles of peace and justice amongst and between the faiths of the Sons of Abraham and the other great religions of the world, to establish better understanding and greater tolerance.
  • Mitigate human suffering by actively participating in activities associated with disaster relief, humanitarian aid, human rights, peace building and sustainable development, and the respect of human diversity.
  • Facilitate, mediate and advocate conflict-prevention and resolution by providing subject matter experts and supporting organizations in the fields of religious and international diplomacy.
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