In France appears a new Grand Lodge | National Congress of the Grande Loge de l'Alliance Française Maçonnique

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Paris, France. Yesterday took place the founding ceremony of a new Grand Lodge in France. We are talking about the Grande Loge de l'Alliance Française Maçonnique, a group drawn from the French National Grand Lodge (GLNF).


Also yesterday was held the National Congress of the Grande Loge de l'Alliance Française Maçonnique. The official opening ceremony took place at 10:00. During the sessions were voted and approved the statutes and internal regulations of the new Grand Lodge and also were held elections for Grand Master and other officials of the Grand Lodge. The consecration ceremony of the Grand Lodge began at 14:30.


The next General Assembly of the Inter-American Masonic Confederation will take place in Europe

Madrid, Spain. This decision was adopted at the last meeting in Brasilia. The event will be organized by the Grand Lodge of Spain in collaboration with the Regular Grand Lodge of Portugal (GLLP) in 2015.


Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of the Philippines

Friday, 27 April 2012

Naga, Philippines. During April 23rd to 28th, 2012, the Grand Lodge of the Philippines organizes the biggest Masonic event in the country. The Grand Master's Cup (for golf) took place Monday and Tuesday was organized the Grand Master's Cup (for shooting).


On April 25 took place a Flower Offering Ceremony at the Monument of Martyrs (Rizal). On that day the mayor of Naga and the Governor of the province of Camarines Sur addressed their welcome message.


The official opening ceremony began yesterday at Camsur Convention Center. Today were resumed the works of the Annual Communication and also today are organized the works of the 25 committees of the Grand Lodge. Tomorrow will take place the installation ceremony of the new leadership of the Grand Lodge of the Philippines and the gala dinner.


Manuel Jiménez Guzmán is the new Sovereign Grand Commander of Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico. Illustrious Brother Manuel Jiménez Guzmán is the new leader of the Supreme Council for Mexico. He was elected on April 25, 2012, replacing Onosandro Trejo Cerda.


Jiménez Guzmán is a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, with a long activity in the Mexican Freemasonry and in the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite. His election in this position was welcomed by Mexican Freemasons, being considered a leader and a Freemason which will promote the respect between symbolic and philosophical Freemasonry.

Source: Mariano Arista Lodge, APMR's State Collaborator in SLP-MX


Freemasonry supports the community

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

London, United Kingdom. The Charity Fund announced today that Freemasons of the United Grand Lodge of England have so far donated over one million pounds for the Air Ambulance.

21st century: The era of Masonic action

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Santiago, Chile. The Grand Lodge held on May 23rd an Ibero-American symposium with the theme "21st century: The era of Masonic action." What was interesting is that this event had both a symbolic and profane conclusion.


There is dialogue between the Church and Freemasonry

Monday, 23 April 2012

Jales, Brazil. A town with fewer than 50,000 inhabitants finds itself in the attention of the international Masonic community. With the occasion of the 53th anniversary since the founding of Coronel Balthazar Lodge, the III Bishop of Jales (Dom Luiz Demetrio Valentini) attended a Masonic anniversary ceremony.


The Bishop gave a lecture in which he spoke about the need for dialogue and the fact that there is now an opportune moment for rapprochement between the Catholic Church and Freemasonry. At his 71 years the Bishop hopes that during the next four years to take place this rapprochement between the two institutions, wishing to repeat this action at national level, starting with Brazil.

In his speech, the Bishop recalled that 10 years ago there were discrete negociations between Freemasonry and the Catholic Church leadership in the country and that the correspondent between those two was Cardinal Ivo Lorscheider (last Brazilian bishop to be anointed by Pope Paul VI during the Vatican Council II in 1965) which now is dead. Dom Luiz Demetrio Valentini participated in the 1997 Special Synod of America, where he was elected member of the standing committee.


Brother Mario Arturo Acosta Chaparro was murdered

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Mexico City, Mexico. Mario Arturo Acosta Chaparro (70 years) was killed during April 21st in the neighborhood Anahuac at 18:15. This was the second assassination attempt against him. Brother Mario Arturo was a member of the Grand Lodge Valle de Mexico.

Earth Day 2012

The first Annual Communication in 2012 of the Regular Grand Lodge of Italy

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Rome, Italy. Today in Rome took place the first Annual Communication of the Regular Grand Lodge of Italy. The event was held at Parco dei Principi Hotel. GLRI is headed by Grand Master Fabio Venzi and is the sole Grand Lodge in Italy recognized by the United Grand Lodge of England.


Freemasonry and the Constitutional Court of Portugal

Friday, 20 April 2012

Lisbon, Portugal. José Conde Rodrigues (Socialist Party) and Paulo Saragoça da Matta (Social Democratic Party) are running for judge of the Constitutional Court. Both are members of the Grande Oriente Lusitano, the largest Masonic organization in Portugal.

Annual Communication of the National Grand Lodge of Romania

Bucharest, Romania. On April 21, 2012, the National Grand Lodge of Romania organizes its Annual Communications. The event will be held at the Parliament Palace in the presence of foreign delegations.


Yesterday evening, the Executive Secretary of the World Conference of Regular Grand Lodges (Thomas Jackson) participated along with the Grand Master of the National Grand Lodge of Romania (Radu Balanescu) in an interview conducted by Brother Cristian Unteanu.


Scott Krieger (President of the Commission on Information for Recognition) attended the IMC's General Assembly in Brasilia

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Brasilia, Brazil. One of the most important guests invited to the IMC General Assembly held last week was the President of the Commission on Information for Recognition (Conference of Grand Masters in North America), Brother Scott Krieger.


We recall that the Grand Lodge of Washington DC expressed its willingness to join the IMC, being the first Grand Lodge in the United States which will join the Inter-American Masonic Confederation. The presence of Brother Krieger in Brasilia points out that the relationship between North America and Latin America follows a normal Masonic trend.


Mario Ignacio Artaza held a conference on China and the world economy

Santiago, Chile. Mario Ignacio Artaza (Consul General of Chile in Hong Kong and Macau) held yesterday a conference on China and the world economy. The event was under the auspices of the Asociación Chilena de Especialistas Internacionales and the event was attended by over 40 guests, including: former Minister Sergio Bitar, national diplomats of Chile and Juan Carlos González (Grand Secretary General), representative of Grand Master Luis Rivero Cornejo.


Onosandro Trejo Cerda is honored by the Grand Lodge Valle de Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico. Today will be held in Mexico a special ceremony dedicated to the Sovereign Grand Commander Onosandro Trejo Cerda. The event is organized by the Grand Lodge Valle de Mexico.

Fabio Venzi was awarded by Juhani Vuori

Monday, 16 April 2012

Helsinki, Finland. Fabio Venzi, Grand Master of the Regular Grand Lodge of Italy, was awarded by the Grand Lodge of Finland on Saturday, April 14, 2012.


The event was held at the Marina Center Congress where the Grand Master Juhani Vuori gave Venzi the Order of Merit, the highest Masonic distinction granted in Finland.


Marcos José da Silva is the new President of the Inter-American Masonic Confederation

Sunday, 15 April 2012


Brasilia, Brazil. The leader of the largest Latin American Masonic Obedience (Grand Orient of Brazil) was elected President of the Inter-American Masonic Confederation, the largest Masonic organization on the continent.

IMC President (2012-2015)


Marcos José da Silva is the Grand Master General of the Grand Orient of Brazil, the oldest Masonic Obedience in Brazil, founded in 1822. GOB is the organization that helped winning Brazil's independence and to transform it into the country of our days.


Tomas Álvarez Manrique is the new Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Masonic Confederation

Brasilia, Brazil. The Grand Lodge of Peru won the battle for IMC's Executive Secretariat.

IMC Executive Secretary (2012-2015)


Tomas Álvarez Manrique (Past Grand Master of Grand Lodge of Peru) was chosen to lead the destiny of the Inter-American Masonic Confederation for the period 2012-2015.


EXCLUSIVE | Final interview before elections with Eduardo A. Rétiz Licona, running for Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Masonic Confederation

Saturday, 7 April 2012

In the last interview we saw and understand different issues of the government program of each candidate. Now we want to complete this interview with a few additional questions and more technical.

Is again a pleasure to have the opportunity to express my views through this so important and prestigious media of communication as the Masonic Press Agency; thank you.


The United Grand Lodge of England announced its decision to officially open to the profane world. UGLE has a program and a strategy to achieve over the next five years and to continue thereafter. What do you think about UGLE’s new strategy? What do you think about the necessity of transparency of Freemasonry?

This important initiative is a sign of new times, Freemasonry must become more universal and inclusive; The United Grand Lodge of England (Mother Grand Lodge) is the vanguard for our Order to interact ever more with the profane world, is as important as our beloved Institution to become transparent in delivering its postulates with society and having enough attention so that we preserve our rituals and ceremonies in secret.

We observed that the agreement with the OAS is an important point on your agenda. Do you think of the possibility of signing agreements with UNASUR (this European Union of South America)?

The global trend of geopolitics is an integrationist vision directed towards achieving common objectives for the benefit of blocks or regions grouping countries, being very important to seek and establish contacts and relations with all international organizations to share objectives and to enhance the influence of the IMC for the benefit all member Grand Lodges.

I must mention that the Inter-American Masonic Confederation is a pioneer (since 1947) of the concept of regional grouping to achieve common objectives.

Since the IMC has an Ibero-American character will the IMC Executive Secretary consider necessary an active relationship in the near future with the Organization of Ibero-American States regarding his projects?

I consider it of utmost importance to work closer together in the various lines of the Organization of Ibero-American States since is grouping almost all the countries composing the IMC, except France and Haiti (which use French as official language), seeking to extend full benefits to all the Grand Orients in one place (IMC).

Another important issue is the drug trafficking and drug abuse especially among young people. The OAS issued its latest Report on drug use in the Americas. As you can see, the report shows that the "information must be a central element in deciding policies on drugs." APMR know that Freemasonry in Brazil (CMSB and GOB - Maçonaria Contra as Drogas) has a program to combat and prevent drug use. But what happens in Colombia and Mexico regarding this? We know that there are countries where young people are exposed to this danger. Could the next IMC Executive Secretary transform the Brazilian program into a Latin American one?

It is very important to work in a precautionary manner with everything to do with addictions, Mexico has a Paramasonic organization called AJEF (Association of Youth Fraternity’s Hope), where young people of both sexes are advised by Instructors (Master Masons) on topics designed to elevate liberal concepts and values against addictions.

This association originates in Cuba, Grand Orient which I visited recently where I had the honour of being present at the initiation ceremony (March 17, 2012), chaired by Grand Master José Ramón González Díaz, of 28 young Cubans between 14 and 18 years, and it was reactivated after a break of nearly 50 years. The idea is to continue to support these associations in all Grand Lodges.

Also we want to support and to repeat the Brazilian program "Freemasonry against drugs" since our Brazilian Brothers have become the vanguard of the Order in Latin America, seeking to “form and inform” all young people to avoid entering the path of "self-destruction."

Young people are the future of humanity and... of Freemasonry. In Latin America there are two organizations, among others, which dedicate their activities to youth and education: the Ibero-American Youth Organization and the Organization of Ibero-American States. Regarding youth, do you think that "Metas Educativas 2021" may be a viable program for the IMC? What is the role of youth in today’s and tomorrow’s Freemasonry in your view as possible IMC Executive Secretary?

I always believed and sustained that educating young people we build a better society (I have two girls of 19 and 22 years, one of which is an AJEF member), in fact the Association of Youth Fraternity’s Hope is a vital breeding ground for Mexican Freemasonry, many of its members reaching the gavel of Grand Master and one even being elected as President of the Mexican Republic.

Of course that the Ibero-American Youth Organization and the Organization of Ibero-American States is a good option for young Latin Americans since the goals for 2021 incorporate the mandates that, if my Brethren will allow me I will be leading the IMC.

I should mention that I had the opportunity to attend the signing ceremony of the agreement between IMC and the OAS conducted in 2008 but, however, very little could be embodied with this agreement, but if there is always a good cause, especially for youth, Universal Freemasonry and that of the IMC should be the first to take the initiative to complete it.

Gentlemen, Brethren, thank you for your kindness to grant us this second interview and we wish to express our desire that no matter whoever is elected, the chosen one should think that through culture, education and youth we can build the future and identity of an organization, of a society, of a nation and of Humanity.

Finally I want to thank you for that your attention given to me through this new interview which gave me the chance to highlight the great importance of culture and education in creating a better society; and that by working with young people and inducing them the ideals of Benito Juarez, José Martí, Miranda, Sucre, O'Higgins and Simon Bolivar we can build a more humane, fair and integrated Latin America extending it also to the world.

I would like to ask all Grand Masters that this new leadership renewal in the Inter-American Masonic Confederation to be a moment of meditation and one of making the best decision regarding the path to be taken by our Confederation, wishing success to all candidates and ensuring that in personal terms I will support always the best causes of the great universal Masonic family.


EXCLUSIVE | Final interview before elections with Hernando Osorio Rico, running for Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Masonic Confederation

In the last interview we saw and understand different issues of the government program of each candidate. Now we want to complete this interview with a few additional questions and more technical.

I thank you for this second opportunity to express my views on a topical issue for the community in general and perpetual for Universal Freemasonry. On the other hand I think this is the best way to help all MW Grand Masters to elect new Executive Secretary of the IMC, meaning that each of them has the right to occupy this important position and that all, certainly, will help the others.


The United Grand Lodge of England announced its decision to officially open to the profane world. UGLE has a program and a strategy to achieve over the next five years and to continue thereafter. What do you think about UGLE’s new strategy? What do you think about the necessity of transparency of Freemasonry?

Our institution has traditionally shown the world that is a discrete institution and that clearly has secrets that do not affect in any way the profane world, such as keeping secret scientific advances or other situation that is of interest for the community.

The communication strategy to build the third millennium Freemasonry is the product of a study with great scientific rigor. We therefore have to consider this strategy and take advantage of this knowledge and to apply it as possible as we can in our context.

What should be continued after this success must be the strengthening of Freemasonry in the world and especially in the Latin American context.

We observed that the agreement with the OAS is an important point on your agenda. Do you think of the possibility of signing agreements with UNASUR (this European Union of South America)?

For the IMC is of utmost importance the help that it can bring all international organizations designed to foster community. Enlightened by this philosophy, the IMC Executive Secretary must include on the agenda all strengthening activities that can be achieved in the context of the agreement with the OAS. Based on this experience we must try to make new agreements with other international organizations that can promote our philanthropic objectives and those of the Ibero-American Freemasonry.

Since the IMC has an Ibero-American character will the IMC Executive Secretary consider necessary an active relationship in the near future with the Organization of Ibero-American States regarding his projects?

The answer is undoubtedly yes. There must be an active relationship with the Organization of Ibero-American States in terms of social projects, especially in all that has to do with the support of these organizations to protect human rights.

The next Executive Secretary shall have the within his obligations to prepare projects that can be supported by international organizations for needy communities, projects to be implemented by the Grand Lodges that have influence in those communities. In other words, the Executive Secretary should work to open doors for the Grand Lodges to achieve the goals of universal Freemasonry.

Another important issue is the drug trafficking and drug abuse especially among young people. The OAS issued its latest Report on drug use in the Americas. As you can see, the report shows that the "information must be a central element in deciding policies on drugs." APMR know that Freemasonry in Brazil (CMSB and GOB - Maçonaria Contra as Drogas) has a program to combat and prevent drug use. But what happens in Colombia and Mexico regarding this? We know that there are countries where young people are exposed to this danger. Could the next IMC Executive Secretary transform the Brazilian program into a Latin American one?

The OAS report on drug use is dramatic and invites us to offer our help to all young people facing this dangerous scourge. Freemasonry must assume this commitment with them because all young people are our future and due to their position they are exposed to this danger.

The next IMC Executive Secretary may, with the support of international organizations interested in contributing to solving this problem transform the Brazilian program into a Latin American one. For this we will have to rely on the support of Grand Lodges in different countries and, naturally, on the resources that can be managed to implement such programs.

Young people are the future of humanity and... of Freemasonry. In Latin America there are two organizations, among others, which dedicate their activities to youth and education: the Ibero-American Youth Organization and the Organization of Ibero-American States. Regarding youth, do you think that "Metas Educativas 2021" may be a viable program for the IMC? What is the role of youth in today’s and tomorrow’s Freemasonry in your view as possible IMC Executive Secretary?

The educational purposes for 2021 are an important effort for the Ibero-American youth in this millennium. It is an important bet with the education and the quality of education for young people. The program has ambitious goals based on the formation of the young and of the young adult in the society, reaching an integrated role. This is the youth that of our society needs. Given the fact that in our program we gave great importance to education, both Masonic and profane, I think it is viable for the IMC to be involved in these educational purposes.

The role of youth in Freemasonry matches their role in society in general. They are our future. So is our commitment to guide and educate them properly. Without our youth society will not have a future. Neither will Freemasonry.

Gentlemen, Brethren, thank you for your kindness to grant us this second interview and we wish to express our desire that no matter whoever is elected, the chosen one should think that through culture, education and youth we can build the future and identity of an organization, of a society, of a nation and of Humanity.

Also, I want to thank you for the opportunity given to express my concepts through this important media tool of Masonic communication. In any case, whether or not I am elected Executive Secretary, I will be always careful to work in favour of the IMC, of Freemasonry in general and of those various Masonic bodies that are interested in developing our charitable objectives.


Portugal broke off Masonic relations with France

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Lisbon, Portugal. According to a document issued on April 3, 2012 by Rui Clemente Lele, the Regular Grand Lodge of Portugal interrupts its relations with the French National Grand Lodge. GLLP's Grand Secretary informed the Worshipful Masters of all Masonic Lodges in Portugal that the Grand Lodge is forced to suspend relations with GLNF and that the situation deteriorated further after Stifani's re-election as Grand Master.

Rui Clemente Lele & Raúl Pintos Grassi


Rui Clemente Lele said that the Grand Lodge of Portugal follows the example set by other Grand Lodges of the Inter-American Masonic Confederation.

Cold War in Portuguese Freemasonry

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Lisbon, Portugal. APMR's Secretaria General was informed during the last week of March that the Grand Orient of Portugal (Grande Oriente Lusitano) had "frozen" relations with the Regular Grand Lodge of Portugal (GLLP). Two weeks ago, in the Masonic Palace of GOL, was signed an unusual document. Fernando Lima decreed the interruption of relations with the Grand Lodge affiliated to UGLE.

photo: Grande Oriente Lusitano

According to this document, Fernando Lima decided to "freeze all relations with the Regular Grand Lodge of Portugal during the term of the current Grand Master Jose Moreno". Up to this time neither GOL nor GLLP had no public reaction.


The unthinkable happens: a Grand Lodge consecrated by GLNF withdrew GLNF's recognition

Monday, 2 April 2012

Kiev, Ukraine. The Masonic trend that began in Western Europe seems to be gaining more ground in Eastern Europe. The Grand Lodge of Ukraine, established a few years ago by the French National Grand Lodge decided to break relations with GLNF on April 1, 2012.


According to Decree No. 40 of March 31, 2012, Grand Master Ihor Yukhimovych decided to suspend relations, citing "the threat that GLNF represent retarding the authority of Freemasonry in Europe."


Gustavo Raffi: Freemasonry provides a concrete space to form and to experience the new sense of belonging to Italy and Europe

Rimini, Italy. This weekend was marked by the Annual Communication of the Grand Orient of Italy, which for four days held a series of public and Masonic events. In Jurnal Masonic Saturday's edition was published an editorial detailing the events of Rimini.


The conclusion of the most important annual meeting of the Grand Orient of Italy is that citizen must be at the heart of the action or, as Raffi said: "Beyond the crisis and small ideas, we look forward and we want to contribute to an Italy that does not give resignation, but knows how to design its own future (...) Freemasonry provides a concrete space to form and to experience the new sense of belonging to Italy and Europe."


 
 
 

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