The Order of St. Maria of Jerusalem (Order Teutonic) of the House of Antioch and Svevia is an International apolitical body, ecumenical, non-profit organization established as an independent non-governmental in accordance with the European Convention on the Recognition of Legal Entity of International Non-Governmental Organizations.
MINISTRY OF DEFENSE OF THE ITALIAN REPUBLIC
Circular (M_D GMLIII 104 0541891 of December 16, 2009
From the Circular of the Ministry of Defense (M-D GMLII 104 0541891 of December 16, 2009) in the light of the latest decree according to the Diplomatic Protocol of the Italian Republic - Sovrano Ordine Militare ed Ospitaliero di Santa Maria di Gerusalemme Teutonico (Sovereign Military and Hospitaller of St. Maria of Jerusalem, Teutonic Order) is defined as the "non-national" Order of Chivalry.
Traditionally is organized in the form of a Christian Chivalry and Military Order of Mercy and an Order Hospitaller dedicated to the care and assistance for the poor and the sick.
The Order of St. Maria of the House of Antioch and Svevia, in keeping with the times, today emphasizes major contributions to social works, street children assistance and charitable relief of the poor.
Knights and Dames must also fulfill basic principles as part of their membership of the world-wide confraternity:
All members of the Order will be practitioner members of the Christian faith in every particular denomination. All members must compete with their lives, fortunes and honor, to uphold the principles of Christianity, and determination to live and die by following the teachings of Christ and His Holy Church.
"Recognition to Paolo Francesco Barbaccia (now also bearing Viscardi) The Teutonic Order of Saint Mary of Jerusalem "- page 80. Recognition of Paolo Francesco Barbaccia Hohenstaufen of Swabia, the "Sovereign House of Swabia Principality of Leuca"- page 81. The Presidential council of Ministries (Italy)