But let's not jump to conclusions. The fact that one of the oldest religious communities of the Catholic Church - the Order of St. Hospital. John of Jerusalem, existing for almost nine centuries, not only lived up to the present day, but also trying to play an active role in the modern world. Officially, "The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta" (that is the full name of it) is a religious corporation, which function formally limit the scope of mercy. It is engaged in the device of hospitals for the poor and free medical courses, clinics and leprosariums. The activity of the Order has spread to all continents: the eight-pointed Maltese Cross characteristic can be seen in Europe and in Asia, and in Africa, and in Latin America.