In this Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 photo, a Palestinian nurse at the Holy Family Hospital in the West Bank town of Bethlehem takes care of a newborn baby. The Holy Family Hospital is one o

 

              In this Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 photo, a Palestinian nurse at the Holy Family Hospital in the West Bank town of Bethlehem takes care of a newborn baby. The Holy Family Hospital is one o
In this Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 photo, a Palestinian nurse at the Holy Family Hospital in the West Bank town of Bethlehem takes care of a newborn baby. The Holy Family Hospital is one of the many run by the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, an ancient Roman Catholic religious order that boasts diplomatic relations with 100-plus countries, an aid group that runs hospitals, ambulance services and old folks' homes on six continents, and a nominally sovereign entity that issues its own stamps, coins, license plates and passports, yet has no state to call home. The Sovereign Military Order of Malta is all those things, and this week marks its 900th anniversary as a Vatican-recognized religious order dedicated to caring for the poor, sick and destitute around the globe. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)