In recognition of its great devotion, and in deep gratitude for its valiant achievements, the Order has been granted numerous rights, privileges and prerogatives by Holy Mother Church. These special immunities, unique grants and sacred rights were formally set forth in concordats with the Vatican, in several Papal Bulls, and by the proclamations and recognition of some 90 popes.
His Holiness John Paul II paternally imparts his Apostolic Blessing to The Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem Knights Hospitaller and to the Prince Grand Master of the Order H.H. Cdr. John L. Grady, M.D., O.S.J., as a pledge of heavenly favours.