President of Romania to visit NATO today

Monday, 30 January 2012

Brussels, Belgium. In a few hours, His Excellency the President of Romania will visit the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. After meeting with NATO's Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, both will hold a joint press conference.

Grand Master of Mozambique has made an official visit to Brazil

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The Grand Master of Mozambique has been received by the Grand Master of Minas Gerais (CMSB), MW Janir Adir Moreira. Ussumane Aly Dauto spoke with his Brazilian counterpart about the current state of Freemasonry in Mozambique and about the development program.

Grand Master Ussumane Aly Dauto received the Mario Behring Medal from his Brethren, one of the most important medals to be granted in Brazil.

NATO Secretary General | Annual reception for the press

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Brussels, Belgium. In less than an hour will begin the annual reception given by the Secretary General of NATO for media representatives accredited to NATO. The event will take place in the Salon des ambassadeurs at the headquarters in Brussels.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen will hold a press conference followed by a reception offered to all international media representatives.

EXCLUSIVE | Brazil to host CMI's General Assembly

Brasilia, Brazil. The event will be hosted by the Grand Orient of Brazil and will be held on April 11-15, 2012 in the federal capital of the country.

According to the Grand Secretary General for External Relations of the GOB (Tullio Colacioppo), one of the central topics of discussion will be the Inter-American Academy for Advanced Masonic Studies.

Sarkozy meets with Freemasons at the Elysee

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Paris, France. French President Sarkozy invited the Freemasons at the Elysee Palace yesterday. He has appeared before the French Masons to express his good wishes. The great absent of the meeting was Stifani, Grand Master of GLNF.

On the other hand, the presidential ceremony was boycotted by Arcizet, explaining that he prefers to stay away from all candidates of the presidential race this year, a fact supported by other officials of the Grand Orient of France. Arcizet wanted to clarify that Sarkozy did not organize such event in previous years.

Philippe Deitz (GLRB) | About compatibility between Christianity and Freemasonry

Liège, Belgium. This evening is held at the University of Liège a conference on Masonry: "Questions and compatibility between Christianity and Freemasonry."

From 18:00, Philippe Deitz (former federal civil servant), member of the Regular Grand Lodge of Belgium will speak about the compatibility between Christianity and Freemasonry. The event is organized by the group of social ethics of the Union of Catholic Students of Liège.

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti: "I am not a Freemason"

Monday, 23 January 2012

Rome, Italy. After the scandal in which he was involved, Mario Monti, the Italian Prime Minister said that he is not a Freemason and that he does not know much about Freemasonry ("I do not know exactly what is Freemasonry"), despite the fact that he worked in Brussels, where the Order is officially recognized as an association.

Following Monti's statements, Grand Master Gustavo Raffi made ​​an intervention in the daily Il Templo. "People of Freemasonry have built Italy. They must address us with respect," replied Raffi, outraged by Monti's statements.

Rome | Vatican's secret archives are open

Lázaro Cuesta Valdés is the new leader of the Supreme Council of Cuba

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Havana, Cuba. Cuesta Valdés is one of the leaders of the "Abacuá" secret society and founder of a religios-syncretic society composed by the Babalawos, entitled "Organising Committee of the Letter of the Year". There were rumors that Cuesta Valdés Cuba leads a society (Abacuá) which follows castrist government guidelines. Also, there was fear that the election of Lázaro Cuesta Valdés could lead to the introduction of Afro-Cuban religious practices in the Masonic ritual.

Adalberto Concepción González (the new Lieutenant Grand Commander) was Chairman of the Committee of Foreign Relations of the Supreme Council of Cuba, in which was Lázaro Faustino Cuesta Valdés was also a member.

Cuba's Sovereign Grand Commander resigned

Havana, Cuba. Jesús Luciano Armada Pena, Sovereign Grand Commander of the Supreme Council of Cuba has resigned. Armada Pena would have resigned during the annual meeting of the Supreme Council of Cuba on 14 January 2012.

His reasons were the advanced age and a cardiovascular disease. Lázaro Cuesta Valdés is the new Sovereign Grand Commander of Cuba and Adalberto González Concepción the new Lieutenant Grand Commander. We remember that Jurnal Masonic published in its January 5, 2011 edition an information announcing that there is a possibility that Lázaro Cuesta Valdés could lead the Supreme Council of Cuba.

Hezbollah | Attack on Freemasonry

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Beirut, Lebanon. The leader of Hezbollah's (in translation "Party of God") Juristic Council harshly attacked the Masonic Order.

Sheikh Mohammad Yazbek talked about the Bush regime and accused Freemasonry and "international Zionism" of controlling the Middle East and accused them of being responsible for defining maliciously the concepts of freedom, democracy, good and evil.

Thomas Jackson suffered a stroke

Washington, United States of America. One of APMR's collaborators in the United States informed CAEx that Thomas Jackson suffered a stroke. Currently he is recovering and is likely to recover quickly.

November 2011 | Thomas W. Jackson at the Golden Jubilee of the Grand Lodge of India

Thomas W. Jackson is the Executive Secretary of the World Conference of Regular Grand Lodges and Past Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania.

Grand Lodge of Victoria | Fundraising

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Melbourne, Australia. The Grand Lodge of Victoria supported last night a dinner to raise funds for Father Bob Maguire and Les Twentyman. Money raised will help disadvantaged young people to continue their studies for another year.

Chilean Parliament pays tribute to national Freemasonry

Santiago, Chile. Chilean Parliament pays tribute to national Freemasonry with the occasion of the 150th anniversary since the founding of Orden y Libertad #3 Lodge of Copiapó. The event was marked by a series of speeches from the leaders of all parliamentary groups in Chile.

The event was attended by representatives of the Grand Lodge of Chile: Luis Riveros Cornejo (Grand Master), Juan Carlos González (Grand Secretary General), Mario Cabezas (Grand Treasurer), Roberto Pliscoff (Grand Tyler), Luis Álvarez (Worshipful Master of the Lodge) and other Brothers.

Source: Chamber of Deputies of Chile

Guy Arcizet in the Caribbean

Basse-Terre, France. On January 12, the Grand Master of the Grand Orient of France arrived in Guadeloupe in the Caribbean, where he paid a working visit.

On January 13 took place a series of meetings with the Prefect, Mayor and the Regional and General Councils, and in the evening he attended a public lecture: "Actuality and Modernity in Freemasonry".

Source: Basse-Terre Hall

Jose Moreno: "calm and restraint"

Lisbon, Portugal. Grand Master of Portugal, José Moreno, asked all Brethren to sit quietly and to show more restraint. In a letter issued to GLLP's members, the Grand Master announced that he would make public statements at the appropriate time.

Eva Joly at the Grand Masonic Temple of Paris

Paris, France. Eva Joly, the French Green Party candidate, will attend this evening the invitation of the Grand Orient of France to participate in a debate, behind closed doors, on the program with which she hopes to win the 2012 presidential elections.

APMR's Secretary-General calls for calm, restraint and civic responsibility

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Bucharest, Romania. During this evening, the Secretary-General of the Masonic Press Agency of Romania (APMR) issued a statement calling for calm, restraint and civic responsibility.

The Masonic Press Agency of Romania will support through media the integrated operations system of the Military Police in São Paulo

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Bucharest, Romania. The Masonic Press Agency of Romania will support through media the integrated operations system of the Military Police of the State of São Paulo (Operação Integrada Centro Legal). Asked by APMR, JORNAL MAÇÔNICO will join this effort.

On 13 January 2012, APMR's Secretary-General decided to support thorough media the integrated operations system of the Military Police of São Paulo. "I believe that this action not only helps the Military Police and the society, but also Freemasonry in the state of São Paulo: the Grand Lodge (CMSB) and the Grand Orient (GOB)," said today the Secretary-General of the Masonic Press Agency in Romania.

The new dimension taken by the Portuguese scandal affects the image of our Order

Friday, 13 January 2012

Lisbon, Portugal. "The new dimension taken by the Portuguese scandal affects the image of our Order", is the statement made this morning by APMR's Secretary-General. He expressed total disapproval of the petty intentions of those groups seeking specifically to destabilize the Portuguese Order.

The new revelations of the Portuguese central press highlight another Grand Lodge, recently founded and which is "supposed" to be more secret than others. By this time the Regular Grand Lodge of Portugal acted with a worthy Masonic conduct which is to be appreciated.

A cardinal, intelligence directors, politicians and footballers are involved in the Masonic scandal in Portugal

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Lisbon, Portugal. The Masonic scandal that shook Portugal in the last week is looming ever larger. The Catholic Church, the Portuguese Parliament, the secret services and Freemasonry are just some of the institutions involved in this scandal.

Tonight, Jurnal Masonic will publish exclusively for Romania, a thorough analysis of the unprecedented situation in recent history of Portugal. Name of politicians, intelligence directors, priests, footballers etc., will appear in tonight's edition.

Grand Master of Veracruz believes that the crisis increased the number of youth who commit suicide

Monday, 9 January 2012

Xalapa, Mexico. The Grand Master of Veracruz believes that the crisis increased the number of youth who commit suicide. Dr Luis Alberto García Leyton, Grand Master of United Grand Lodge of Veracruz, said that "In Xalapa a young person commits suicide minimum once a week."

This is the result of a serious study realized with his students and that the press refused to publish it. Students of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Veracruz have conducted this study under the guidance of Dr. García Leyton.

Rubén Ballesteros is the new President of the Supreme Court of Chile

Santiago, Chile. Magistrate Rubén Ballesteros became the new President of the Supreme Court of Chile on 6 January 2012. The installation ceremony was attended by Grand Master Luis Riveros Cornejo. He reiterated the strong relationship between the Grand Lodge of Chile and the republican institutions of his country.

Also participated the President of the Senate, President of the Constitutional Court, the Attorney General, Minister of Justice and the President of the Chamber of Deputies.

Luís Montenegro is a member of Mozart Lodge

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Lisbon, Portugal. Luís Montenegro is a Freemason, as shown in an information published by Jornal Maçônico and quoted by the Lusophone Masonic Press Agency.

Montenegro is a Portuguese parliamentary, member of the PSD and a member of the Mozart Lodge (Regular Grand Lodge of Portugal) with Jorge Silva Carvalho, former Director of Strategic Intelligence Service of Defence.

The U.S. government refuses to allow the Grand Master of Cuba to enter the United States

Havana, Cuba. Regular Freemasonry in Cuba enters in the attention of the media after the Grand Lodge of Cuba's leaders have not received a visa to enter the United States where they were invited by the Grand Lodge of Florida.

In an article by José A. Pérez Gallo, this morning, it shows that the Grand Master (José Ramón González Díaz) and the Grand Secretary (William Rojas Aguiar) of the Grand Lodge of Cuba have not received a visa required to enter the United States. They were outraged by the decision of U.S. officials, not understanding why they are not allowed to enter Florida.

This event comes amid the scandal in March 2011 when the Security of the Communist Party in Havana recognized that Past Grand Master Collera Vento is an undercover agent and has been used to drive this Grand Lodge under the orders of Castro's government.

Secretary-General of the Masonic Press Agency of Romania decreed 2012 as the International Year of Masonic Lusophony

Monday, 2 January 2012

Bucharest, Romania. After a long absence from the Brazilian and Portuguese Masonic scene, Jornal Maçônico resumed its daily work.

From 1 January 2012, APMR's Secretary-General decreed 2012 as the International Year of Masonic Lusophony.

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