Today this 900-year old institution:


  • provides humanitarian assistance and carries out charitable work in over 120 countries worldwide,
  • is present in 60 countries through its own structures,
  • has 13,500 members on all continents,
  • relies on several hundred thousand volunteers and some one million donors and supporters,
  • is independent, neutral, impartial and non-political,
  • has a central Government in Rome with its own constitution, passports, stamps and public institutions,
  • maintains diplomatic relations with 105 States under international law,
  • enjoys the status of Permanent Observer to the United Nations and its main agencies and has missions to European and international organizations.