Named owners of the rarest in the world passport

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Astapkovich in photobacteria Grand Master of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem in the one-pillar chamber of the Patriarch Palace of the Moscow Kremlin MuseumsNamed owners of the rarest in the world passport© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Astapkovich the image Bank

The most rare in the world passport have just three people, found the British newspaper Daily Star. It is the leaders of the Catholic knights-a religious order — the Grand master, Grand commander and Grand Chancellor.

«However, despite its exclusivity, the passport actually is not so strong. Countries such as USA, UK and New Zealand, is not allowed with this passport,» the newspaper said.

The same applies to countries with similar rules of entry. We will remind, earlier it became known that the most powerful passport is granted to citizens of Germany. According to him, they can visit without a visa 176 countries.

In the beginning of the year in the order of Malta scandal, in which his post is gone Grand master Matthew Festing.

The question of the resignation of Festinha arose serious disagreements between the Sovereign order of Malta and the Holy see, the initial cause of which was the activity of the Grand Chancellor Albrecht von Freiherr Boeselager. At the end of 2016, he was imputed consent to the distribution of contraceptives in one humanitarian missions of the order in Africa. The head of government of the order has categorically rejected these claims, explaining that he knew nothing about these actions of a non-governmental organizations cooperating with the order. However, in December, fasting during a special audience requested the great Chancellor to resign. Boeselager refused to do so, but nevertheless was deprived of his powers with the support of the patron of the order of American cardinal Raymond Leo Burke.

In the end, the Vatican created a special Commission to investigate all the circumstances related to the current situation in the order. This caused exceptionally sharp reaction from the Grand master of Restinga, who clearly reminded the Holy see of sovereignty of the order, which has the status of observer organization at the United Nations and the Council of Europe and supports diplomatic relations with 105 States, including official relations with Russia.

The order of Malta (Sovereign military Hospitaller order of St. John, of Rhodes and of Malta), was founded in 1099 by the crusaders in Jerusalem. After capture by Muslims of the Holy Land, they moved to Rhodes, and then settled in Malta. Grand master and protector of the knights of Malta was the Russian Emperor Paul I. At the present time the headquarters of the order is in Rome.

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