A faction of them emerged in France in the s and moved to Britain in the early s, where, after operating under a succession of grand priors and different names, it became associated with the founding in of the St John Ophthalmic Hospital near the old city of Jerusalem and the St John Ambulance Brigade in The order is found throughout the Commonwealth of Nations ,  Hong Kong , the Republic of Ireland , and the United States of America ,  with the worldwide mission "to prevent and relieve sickness and injury, and to act to enhance the health and well-being of people anywhere in the world. Except via appointment to certain government or ecclesiastical offices in some realms , membership is by invitation only and individuals may not petition for admission. As with the Order, the memberships and work of these organizations are not constricted by denomination or religion. Its headquarters are in London and it is a registered charity under English law. A deal transferring various islands to the Order of Malta, including Rhodes when captured, was struck with the Greek rebels ,  but, ultimately, the attempt to raise money failed when details leaked to the press, the French monarchy withdrew its backing of the council, and the bankers refused the loan.
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