The Knights Hospitallers, which still exist today as the Knights of Malta,

were forced to leave Malta by Napoleon, who stopped at the island on his way to Egypt. Today the Knights of Malta reside in Italy, still have their own “sovereign country” and are said to be a secret society for the Vatican.

“Following the Protestant Reformation, most German chapters of the Order declared their continued adherence to the Order while accepting Protestant theology. As the Balley Brandenburg des Ritterlichen Ordens Sankt Johannis vom Spital zu Jerusalem, the order continues today, gaining increasing independence from its Catholic mother order. The Protestant branch spread into several other countries (i.e. Hungary, the Netherlands, and Sweden). These sub-branches are now autonomous as well.”