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Europe New mission for Knights of Malta: rescue Europe's poor

The chivalric order of the Knights of Malta, which has an annual budget of $800 million, announced the switch of emphasis from Asia and Africa to Europe this week.

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They trace their origins back to the warrior monks who tended to fallen soldiers of the Crusades, but have since become a humanitarian organization running hospitals, clinics, and relief operations in 120 countries around the world.