Religious superior and Sovereign of the Order of Malta
The Lieutenant of the Grand Master is elected by the Council Complete of State for a term of one year from amongst the Professed Knights.
According to the Constitution, as the religious Superior and Sovereign, he must fully dedicate himself to the development of the works of the Order and set an example of living by Christian principles to all the members of the Order. He is vested with supreme authorities.
Together with the Sovereign Council, the Lieutenant of the Grand Master issues the legislative measures not covered by the Constitution, promulgates government acts, manages the financial assets, ratifies, international agreements and the summoning of the Chapter General.