The Order of St. John, one of the oldest orders of chivalry in existence today, has its roots in a hospice founded in Jerusalem in the eleventh century by merchants from Amalfi, to assist Christian travelers in the Holy Land. Some Knights of the First Crusade, upon entering Jerusalem in July 1099, joined in these good works already underway. The resultant knight/hospitaller organization was recognized as a self-governing order by Pascal II in a Papal Bull dated February 15, 1113. Today, all major Orders of St. John, including our Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller, stem from this recognition, retaining the symbol of the white Cross of Amalfi under which the serving brothers worked in Jerusalem.
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