The Spiritual Protector
His Eminence Cardinal László Paskai OFM
Primate emeritus of Hungary
Spiritual Protector of the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem
On Saturday 21 May 2005, during Solemn Mass in the Patriarchal Basilica of St Mark in Venice, His Eminence Cardinal László Paskai was officially installed as Spiritual Protector of the Military and Hospitaller Order of Lazarus of Jerusalem by the Grand Master. While retaining its ecumenical character, the Order is proud and honoured to maintain its links with the Catholic Church, from which it has, historically, derived its spiritual protection.
His Eminence Cardinal László Paskai succeeded His Beatitude Patriarch Gregorios III Laham.
The Spiritual Protector is the guarantor of the spirituality of the Order, of its members, of its activities and of its decision-making. The Spiritual Protector scrupulously ensures that the ecumenical character of the Order is maintained.