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- Guy Arcizet demands resignation of GOdF's Brethren...
- Cardinal Dom Raymundo Damasceno meets with leaders...
- IX European Masonic Meeting
- 71st Annual Conference of Western Canada Grand Lod...
- Grand Lodge of Connecticut withdrew recognition of...
- World Championship of Chess for Youth
- Was founded the Grand Lodge of Albania
- General Assembly of the French National Grand Lodg...
- Annual Meeting of Fenix/Phoenix Lodges of the Sout...
- Symbolic Grand Lodge of Paraguay ends problems in ...
- The importance of Masonic Lodges in the Armed Forc...
- Brother Gian Luigi Zampieri opened the Radio Chamb...
- Outstanding performance of Brother Gian Luigi Zamp...
- The 34th Meeting of the VI Zone of the Inter-Ameri...
- The first march against corruption in Goias
- Etienne Davignon and the "European Union after sov...
- Shock for the members of the National Gran Lodge o...
- Ngawang Samten on Inter-Religious Dialogue in Tibe...
- APMR raises embargo on all news regarding the Gran...
- Interview with Professor Yuri Hulkin BALAM RAMOS a...
- BRAZIL: Freemasonry and the fight against corrupti...
- Frank Loui is the new Grand Master of California
- Grand Lodge of Estonia no longer recognizes GLNF
- Grand Lodge of Chile and President Piñera at the d...
- Installation of the Grand Master of Rondônia
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On this occasion was issued the Decree No 121 of 2009/2012, which recognizes Most Worshipful Brother Euclides Acevedo Candia as the legitimate representative of the Symbolic Grand Lodge of Paraguay and as its Grand Master.
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The importance of Masonic Lodges in the Armed Forces
Throughout history many European or American army officers were members of the Masonic Order. Over time began to appear Masonic Lodge with soldiers and officers as sole members. Few of today's Freemasons are aware of the fact that during the interwar Romania hosted (with the help of the Lodge of Constanţa) a series of military Brothers. A case little known today about Brother Jean Pangal is that he was asked that the members of the Lodge in Constanţa to receive the visit of all Freemasons on board the Devonshire cruiser (HMS Devonshire). As stated at the time in official documents, the military ship had on board a Masonic Temple.
Photo: Naval History and Heritage Command
Source: Secretariat V
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Outstanding performance of Brother Gian Luigi Zampieri (Non nobis Domine - Ritratto di Jacques de Molay)
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Shock for the members of the National Gran Lodge of Romania (MLNaR): Grand Lodge of France breaks relations and recognition treaty with MLNaR
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Interview with Professor Yuri Hulkin BALAM RAMOS about the relationship between Freemasonry and the welfare of the society
Sir, you have attended the World Conference held in Bucharest in September, presenting a dissertation on Mayan culture. Why do you think Freemasonry is interested in the success of civilizations in the world?
Yuri H. BALAM RAMOS - Freemasonry is a worldwide organization that had a decisive influence in certain chapters of the modern history of the planet. However, its influence has declined significantly due to several factors, including its removal from the political and economic circles of power. I think that its approach to know more about the achievements of certain civilizations in the world could push to revive the organization in terms of intellectuality.
Do you think that the Masonic Order in any form can claim success of a civilization that no longer exist today?
Yuri H. BALAM RAMOS - Yes, it can claim success of these civilizations for two reasons: first its role as defender of the freedoms beyond religion and government make the Order to have the moral and ethical leadership that is found today only in academic and intellectual circles and, secondly, because no one has a title of property on the knowledge which being a human expression, belongs to all people.
You who come from a family of Freemasons living in Mexico, Yucatan Peninsula, which you think is the contribution of the Grand Lodge to the development of the Mexican society in that part of the country?
Yuri H. BALAM RAMOS - Now its role is limited to internal study of the rituals because its protagonist role in public life in Yucatan took a secondary place. We believe that we are facing a moment of internal peace which in the future will serve for the revival of the Order beyond the dogmatic and fanatical trends in our lives.
A few days ago in Chetumal was signed a historic document between the Grand Lodge Valle de Mexico and the Grand Lodge of Quintana Roo. From your point of view and from the historical point of view, what kind of relationship existed between the Freemasonry from the central part of the country and that of the Yucatan Peninsula?
Yuri H. BALAM RAMOS - Freemasonry in the Yucatan Peninsula was born in Campeche and afterwards is recognized nationally, suffering divisions by the appearance of the Grand Lodges in Campeche, Yucatan and Quintana Roo. Under the auspices of the Grand Lodge Valle de Mexico were recognized the Grand Lodges of the states of the Republic of Mexico in the twentieth century, having a great influence not because of having jurisdiction over the territory, but because of its leadership which was in the capital and because was respected by all powers of the provinces; in addition, because there were the most nationally known Freemasons of Mexico.
You have written a book about the history of Freemasonry in the Yucatan Peninsula. Over time which was the most important action of Freemasonry for the welfare of the society in the Yucatan Peninsula?
Yuri H. BALAM RAMOS - In my opinion had a role of opposing the radical clerical tendencies represented by the Catholic Church, as defender of the secular education and as a catalyst for liberal ideas, even if today it seems obsolete in the past there was a real confrontation with the conservative thesis which at that time still had an undisputed hegemony over a large part of the population.
Professor and my dear friend, thank you for your courtesy of giving this interview to the Masonic Press Agency of Romania.
Yuri H. BALAM RAMOS - On the contrary, thanks for the invitation and count on me for any collaboration when considered necessary. A warm and fraternal greetings!
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President Sebastian Piñera Echenique and the Grand Master spoke about education and how to modify Chile's education system. Piñera was very pleased with the meeting and, in particular with the contribution of Freemasonry brought recently by statements on the educational conflict in Chile.
President Piñera expressed his interest in participating next year at the anniversary of the Grand Lodge of Chile, an event which will take place in Valparaiso, Chile's Masonic cradle.
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