José Gulino is the new Grand Master of the Grand Orient of France

Friday 31 August 2012

Nice, France. Following elections, Juan José Gulino was elected Grand Master of the Grand Orient of France. Gulino was the only candidate, given that his rival Pierre-Hubert Gouttière left the elections last week.

Gulino is 63 years and served as Grand Treasurer under the direction of Guy Arcizet. The Moral of Guy Arcizet report was approved with 90% of the votes (1023 in favour and 109 against). Tomorrow will take place the closure of the Annual Communication, which will be attended by delegations from abroad.

3 years since the appearance of the Masonic Press Group

Thursday 30 August 2012

Bucharest, Romania. Today we celebrated three years since the founding of the Masonic Press Group of Romania. On 30 August 2009, APMR and Jornal Maçônico were the two entities founding GPMR. At that time, GPMR covered the all Masonic spaces speaking Romanian, Spanish and Portuguese.

Currently, GPMR represents a Masonic media infrastructure covering spaces speaking Romanian, Spanish, English, Portuguese, Italian and French. At the same time, August 30, 2012 marks two years since the founding of the Secretariat General, a structured aimed to coordinate and manage APMR's internal and external policies and hence GPMR's too.

João Carlos Trindade is the new Grand Master of Mozambique

Tuesday 28 August 2012

Maputo, Mozambique. Brother João Carlos Trindade was elected Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Mozambique, being the second person to hold this position since the founding of the Grand Lodge. The first Grand Master was Brother Ussumane Aly Dauto (former Minister of Justice).

João Carlos Trindade is Judge Advisor at the Supreme Court of Justice of Mozambique and Director of the Legal and Judicial Training Centre in Mozambique. During 1994-1995 he was President of the Electoral Tribunal.

Grand Secretary of Montana reinstated

Helena, United States of America. The unprecedented events in the history of Freemasonry in Montana have made ​​the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Montana to issue a circular to all members of the Grand Lodge.

Thom Chisholm announced that the Past Grand Master was tried and found guilty of all the accusations being removed from office. He also announces that the Grand Secretary Reid Gardiner was reinstated in office, this after he was dismissed by Past Grand Master Thomas Duffy.

Death of Brother Neil Armstrong

Cincinnati, United States of America. Neil Armstrong died on 25 August 2012 at the age of 82 years. Armstrong entered the golden book of Freemasonry, being a model for many generations. He will be buried with state honors Friday.

Germany will celebrate 275 years since the founding of the first Masonic Lodge

Friday 24 August 2012

Berlin, Germany. The United Grand Lodges of Germany are preparing for the celebration of 275 years since the founding of the oldest Masonic Lodges in the country. "Absalom zu den drei Nesseln" Lodge in Hamburg next month reaches the venerable age of 275 years.

To mark this event were planned some events such as:

1. A Masonic Exhibition at the City Hall (15 to 30 September 2012)
2. A Masonic Exhibition at the Chamber of Commerce (September 20-November 2, 2012)
3. An outdoor Masonic Exhibition (September 24 to 27, 2012)
4. A Masonic Concert at Hamburg's Philharmonic Hall (September 30, 2012)

The Symbolic Grand Lodge of Paraguay is in mourning

Thursday 23 August 2012

Asuncion, Paraguay. The Symbolic Grand Lodge of Paraguay has decreed three days of mourning following the death of Brother Ruben Quevedo Martinez, President of the Grand Committee for Health of the Grand Lodge. All Grand Lodge activities were suspended for three days and the funeral took place today along a Masonic ceremony organized by the Lodge of which he was part.

2012 Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Russia

Monday 20 August 2012

Moscow, Russia. Two weeks ago took place the Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Russia, the sole in the Russian Federation to be recognized by the United Grand Lodge of England.

Five days ago, Angel Jorge Clavero (Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Argentina) was observed on 16 august in Victory Park in Moscow, accompanied by Andrei Bogdanov, Grand Master of Russia. The two placed ​​two bouquets of red carnations.

Senators of Brazil shatters myths about Freemasonry

Brasilia, Brazil. On Freemasons' Day, Brazilian senators have shattered myths about Freemasonry. United today at Brasilia's Congress, leaders of Freemasonry (Marcos José da Silva - Grand Master of the Grand Orient of Brazil, Lucas Francisco Galdeano - Grand Master of the Federal District, Juvenal Batista Amaral - Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of the Federal District, José Simon - President of the Confederation of Symbolic Masonry of Brazil and a representative of the United Grand Lodge of England) and federal authorities paid tribute to all Freemasons in the country.

senator Mozarildo Cavalcanti

On this occasion, the senators from all political families took the opportunity to dismantle the myths surrounding the Masonic Order. Among the Senators who spoke were: Mozarildo Cavalcanti (PTB-RR), Alvaro Dias (PSDB-PR) and Tomás Correia (PMDB-RO).

Freemasons' Day in Brazil

Brasilia, Brazil. The entire Masonic community of Brazil celebrates today Freemasons' Day. The event marks a national official day dedicated by authorities to all Freemasons in the country. On August 20, all over Brazil take place special ceremonies where Freemasons, Congressmen and Senators along other officials attend conferences, public speeches and special commemorations.

India's Masonic Times

Bucharest, Romania. This week APMR and Masonic Times stared working on a new project regarding India. Starting with this week Masonic Times will dedicate periodically special reports on the latest news from India. The program will last until June 2013 after which will be analyzed and if positive will continue.

The Masonic Declaration of Arica

Sunday 19 August 2012

Arica, Chile. Chile's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fernando Schmidt, received on Friday the Grand Master of Chile, Luis Riveros Cornejo. The leader of Chilean Freemasonry handed him the Masonic Declaration of Arica asking the governments of Chile, Bolivia and Peru to provide a framework for development of peace, brotherhood and integration of the three nations, improving the education system, according to Jurnal Masonic.

photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Chile)

2012 Half Yearly Meeting of the Regional Grand Lodge Of Northern India

Gurgaon, India. The 2012 Half Yearly Meeting of the Regional Grand Lodge Of Northern India took place on August 18 to 19 in Gurgaon. Along Brethren from North India were present MW Grand Master Dr. Balaram Biswakumar, RW Regional (North) Grand Master K. K. Gautam, RW Regional (South) Grand Master Sushil Raj, RW Regional (West) Grand Master Zawarh Wadia etc.

Gurgaon city is one of the most and the fastest developing commercial cities in India, also known as the "Millennium City."

Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Masonic Confederation elected his team

Lima, Peru. The Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Masonic Confederation, Tomás Alvarez Manrique, has elected the new team with which he will manage the confederation. After the elections that took place in Brazil this year, IMC's Executive Secretariat headquarters was moved from Guatemala to Peru for the period 2012-2015.

According to Decree No. 1/2012, José Perez Boyer was appointed Deputy Secretary, Iván Tantaleán Rojas responsible for international relations, Julio Sandoval responsible with economics and finance, José Loo responsible for logistics and Ivo Pino Ramos responsible with informatics.

Scottish Rite headquarters in Washington was vandalized

Washington, United States of America. One of the sphinxes from of the Temple, a symbol of the American capital, was splashed with pink paint. The monument also called the House of the Temple, is a replica of one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World, the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus.

photo: Luis Gomez

The Feminine Grand Lodge of Uruguay gave Artemisa Award to multiple personalities

Montevideo, Uruguay. The Feminine Grand Lodge of Uruguay has awarded a series of figures to celebrate 5 years of its foundation. Artemisa Award was given by MW Grand Master Alicia Toyos to the following personalities:

Nibya Mariño - one of the most popular South American pianist who was initiated into the secrets of music by Master Kolischer at the age of 5 years. At age 11, Arthur Rubinstein helps her enter Ernest Ansermet Orchestra at the Colon Theatre in Buenos Aires. Nibya received a scholarship to study in Paris fro the Government of Uruguay. She has performed at Carnegie Hall and Town Hall in New York.

Renzo Pi Hugarte - professor and anthropologist, awarded by the Feminine Freemasonry of Uruguay for his service to humanity through his work as stated by Grand Master Alicia Toyos. Pi Hugarte died yesterday at the age of 78.

Silvia Tron Armand-Ugon - is a journalist and teacher of English and French, participating in numerous meetings on aging.

Federico García Vigil - is a Master, composer and was director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Montevideo. Also, he led the Symphony Orchestras of Bogota, Bucharest, Caracas, Chicago, Rio de Janeiro, Madrid, Vancouver, Palma de Mallorca, Tokyo etc. Alicia Toyos gave this award for having made ​​known worldwide the Uruguayan classical music.

Andrés Flores Colombino - is a professor and doctor specialized in geriatric-gerontological and psychiatrist at the University of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay.

Miss Adriana Baum admits that she was initiated in Freemasonry

Asuncion, Paraguay. In an interview with Radio Ñanduti, Adriana Baum admitted that she was initiated in Freemasonry (18 September 2009) and that her Lodge is mixed. Adriana is an Apprentice Mason.

Adriana Baum represented Paraguay at several international beauty contests in 1996, 1997 and 2002. In the interview she says that is part of the French branch of Freemasonry (Droit Humain).

Freemasonry concerned about sustainable development

Friday 17 August 2012

Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Grand Lodge of Argentina proposed a series of conferences on sustainable development and sustainable use of resources. In this respect, the Grand Lodge raises the issue of mega-mining in the country.

The first conference will be held on 21 august, under the auspices of the Grand Lodge of Argentina.

A new Grand Lodge: the Sovereign Grand Lodge of Corsica

Monday 13 August 2012

Ajaccio, France. Masonic Times announces a new Grand Lodge in France: the Sovereign Grand Lodge of Corsica. According the same source, this is a product of the scandal within the French Freemasonry (GLNF). SGLC was established on March 7, 2012, and is composed of 4 Lodges and about 100 Freemasons.

Edinburgh | Conference of Grand Secretaries and Chancellors of Europe

Edinburgh, United Kingdom. During 12 to 14 October 2012 will be held the Conference of Grand Secretaries and Chancellors of Europe, event organized this year by the Grand Lodge of Scotland, informs David M. Begg, Grand Secretary. The next Conference will take place in 2013 and will be organized by the Grand Orient of Italy.

Past Grand Master Victor Gillen is the new President of the State Council of Luxembourg

Luxembourg, Luxembourg. The Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Luxembourg, Brother Victor Gillen, is the new President of the State Council of the Grand Duchy Luxembourg. Gillen graduated from the Faculty of Jurisprudence of Nancy, is a lawyer and member of the State Council since 1999. On January 18, 2012, he was appointed Vice President of the State Council, and during 1994-2003 he was Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Luxembourg.

The Berlin Charter raises questions about stability in France

Berlin, Germany. The appearance of the Berlin Charter raised questions about the Masonic stability in France. According to the document signed by the Grand Masters of Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, Austria and Switzerland, we may note that there was intention of some Grand Lodges to intervene in the formation of a new Grand Lodge or to recognize an already existing Grand Lodge other than the Grand Lodge of France.

The Olympic closing ceremony was marked by symbolism

London, United Kingdom. Last night took place the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games. The event was marked by symbolism, especially in the last part of the ceremonies, the show being watched by the whole world.

In 2016 it will be Brazil's turn to organize the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, where Freemasons of the Grand Masonic Jurisdiction of Brazil will actively participate. APMR has published on its Facebook account some 500 photos from last night's ceremony.

Concert in honor of Brother Walt Disney

Sunday 12 August 2012

Seborga, Italy. Tonight at 21.15 (Italy's time zone) will be organized a concert in honor of Brother Walt Disney. The Chamber Orchestra of the Principality of Seborga will perform in the Piazzetta San Martino under the baton of Director and Brother Vitaliano Gallo (Grand Orient of Italy).

International conference in Cuba: "Freemasonry and integration in the current society"

Saturday 11 August 2012

Havana, Cuba. Between 12 to 15 September 2012 will take place an International Conference on "Freemasonry and integration in the current society." The event is organized by the Supreme Council of Cuba led by Lázaro Faustino Cuesta Valdés. According to the latest information, Gustavo Raffi, Grand Master of Grand Orient of Italy announced his presence at this event.

The conference will focus on four themes: Freemasonry's actuality and perspectives in the context of culture, Directives and priorities at the cutting edge regarding the challenges of science and technology, Freemasonry and society, Freemasonry in front of environmental deterioration.

Nicolae Alexandru Iorga passed away

Monday 6 August 2012

Bucharest, Romania. The National Grand Lodge of Romania is in mourning after the death of the Assistant of the Grand Master Radu Balanescu, Brother Nicolae Alexandru Iorga. He was founder and Worshipful Master of Mihail Kogălniceanu Lodge #65, and from 2010 he served as NGLR's Assistant Grand Master. More information about Brother Iorga in tomorrow's edition of Jurnal Masonic.

The Power of Freemasonry in Mexico

Wednesday 1 August 2012

Mexico City, Mexico. The Grand Master of the Grand Lodge Valle de Mexico will launch on August 19, 2012, a book about the influence of Freemasonry in the Mexican history.

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