Ambassador Visits Marian Shrine in Kenya

On 14 April, the Ambassador accompanied HE Ambassador Wilhelm von Trott zu Solz, Ambassador of the Order to Kenya and HE Archbishop +Hubertus van Megen, Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya on a pilgrimage visit to the Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians located at the Upper Hill section of Nairobi, Kenya and under the management of the Marian Shrine Spirituality Center (MSSC) part of the larger Salesian Don Bosco charism.


Ambassador visits Malteser International Project AIWE Juba

As part of his official visit to South Sudan, the Ambassador was pleased to pay a visit to the Women Promotion Center in Juba and receive a demonstration of the fine work they are doing at the African Indigenous Women Empowerment (AIWE) project.  This project is strengthening equal participation and socio-economic resilience among the vulnerable women in South Sudan. Funded through the financial support of Malteser International and the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the project is focused on business skills training and technical training in the field of baking and liquid soap making.  This has led to improved access to financial resources, training on saving and loan groups and establishment of small saving and loan/ credit cooperative groups. More than this, the program has seen a marked rise in the self-esteem of the participants and a awareness of their rights. For more information please see their website-


Ambassador Meets with South Sudan’s Foreign Minister

In support of the official visit of HE Dr. Wilhelm von Trott zu Solz, Ambassador of the Sovereign Order of Malta to South Sudan, HE Michael P. Murphy, KM, Permanent Representative to the African Union undertook a visit to His Excellency, Dr. James Pitia Morgan, PhD., Mister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for the Republic of South Sudan. In the wide ranging meetings the role of the Order and Malteser International projects in the country were highlighted and the Minister thanked the Order for its support for the needy in South Sudan. After a positive discussion of accreditation of a South Sudanese Ambassador to the Grand Master, the Minister urged the Order to be deeply involved in peace building activities in the nation.


Ambassador Undertakes Official Visit to South Sudan

In support of the official visit of HE Dr. Wilhelm von Trott zu Solz, Ambassador of the Sovereign Order of Malta to South Sudan, HE Michael P. Murphy, KM, Permanent Representative to the African Union undertook an Official visit to South Sudan from 10-12 April.  During the visit the Ambassadors met their colleagues, the Chargé d'Affairs of the Holy See, Monsignor Monsignor Lonut Paul, the Ambassador of the Untied States, HE Mr. Michael J. Adler and the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, HE Mr. Christian Sedat.  Additionally they paid a courtesy call on His Excellency Santo Loku Pio Doggale, Auxillary Bishop of the Diocese of Juba and had an informal meeting with HE Ambassador Stpehen Par Kuol, Minister of Peace Building and NTC Secretary General of South Sudan.


Ambassador Visits Irish Association

The Ambassador paid a courtesy visit to the Irish Association of the Order of Malta and Headquarters of the Irish Ambulance Corps in Dublin. He was received by Mr. Patrick Downes, KM, Chairman, Dr. Friedrich von Westerholt, KM, Hospitaller Ad Interim and Mr. John Byrne, Chief Executive Officer.


Ambassador Visits Malteser International Headquarters

Upon the invitation of the Secretary General Clemens Graf von Mirbach-Harff, KM, and Deputy Secretary General Sophia Löwenstein, HE Ambassador Michael P. Murphy, KM paid a visit to the Headquarters of Malteser International in Cologne, Germany. 


Representation Celebrates the Anniversary of the Election of Pope Francis

Happy 11th anniversary, Holy Father! On March 13, 2013, Pope Francis was elected and asked the whole world to pray for him. On 13th of March the Ambassador and First Secretary attended a diplomatic reception held by His Excellency Archbishop Antoine Camilleri, Papal Nuncio to Ethiopia and the African Union. United in prayer with the Universal Church, we thank the Lord for his life and service.


Ambassador Signs Condolence Book at Tanzanian Embassy

The Ambassador visited the Embassy of the United Republic of Tanzania in Addis Ababa to sign the condolence book commemorating the life of the retired Prime Minister, Mr. Edward Ngoyai Lowassa.


Ambassadors of the Sovereign Order of Malta and Kingdom of Lesotho meet

In an hour long in person meeting at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Lesotho in Addis Ababa, Ambassador Murphy met with Her Excellency Ntsiuoa Sekete, Ambassador of Lesotho to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union.