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The Dames of Malta are part of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, which is a Roman Catholic religious order that was founded in 1099 in Jerusalem. Its main mission is to defend the Catholic faith and help the poor. The Dames of Malta are a group of women within the Order of Malta. In the United States, the Order of Malta was founded in 1927 with its headquarters in New York City.