Italy's President address to the Grand Orient of Italy: "I appreciate the effort to promote culture and Fraternity"

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Rome, Italy. The Italian President Giorgio Napolitano sent a letter to the Grand Master of the Grand Orient of Italy saying that he appreciated "the effort to promote culture and Fraternity". President Napolitano thanked the Grand Orient for the topics covered in this year, topics which combat fundamentalism in all its forms.

Installation Ceremony of the Deputy for the Province of Ghana

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Accra, Ghana. On 14 September 2013 took place the installation ceremony of Brother Dr. Nii Adjetey Bonnie Andrews, 33° as Deputy for the Province of Ghana. The event took place in the presence of over 150 Brethren from Ghana, West Africa, Scotland and the ceremony attended by the Sovereign Grand Commander of Scotland J. M. Marcus Humphrey of Dinnet, 33° and by the Grand Secretary General of Scotland Alexander Galbraith, 33°. The installation speech can be read in full on Masonic Times.

Sadio Lamine SOW was elected Grand Master of the National Grand Lodge of Mali (Gande Loge Nationale Malienne)

Monday, 23 September 2013

Lomé, Togo. On 12 September 2013 the Grand Masters of Ghana (Otwasuom Osae NYAMPONG VI) and Togo (Kossi R. PAASS) gathered to analyze the situation within the National Grand Lodge of Mali (Gande Loge Nationale Malienne). They have studied carefully all the documents (Constitution and General Regulations) and have concluded that the new elected Grand Master of Mali, Most Worshipful Sadio Lamine SOW, was elected according to Masonic rules and the Constitution of his Grand Lodge.

APMR officially withdraws from Mexico

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Bucharest, Romania. On September 21, 2013, was adopted the #1/2013/6013 Resolution which sets APMR's withdrawal from the United Mexican States, invoking the excessive politicization of the Craft in this country and the use of the image of Freemasonry in personal and political propaganda purposes.

APMR will relocate its entire infrastructure and all its projects in another Grand Masonic Jurisdiction proposed within the ordinary session of APMR's Council, on 21 September 2013. The Agency thus ending a cycle of over 3 years during which it has worked with and for the National Masonic Community of Mexico, promoting the national values of ​​Mexican Freemasonry worldwide and developing projects to promote some of the major Masonic events organized at a state and federal level in Mexico.

Grand Chancellor of the United Grand Lodge of England regarding Jean Pierre Servel: "His actions appear to be restoring harmony within the GLNF"

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

London, United Kingdom. Today took place the Quarterly Communication of the United Grand Lodge of England. UGLE's Grand Chancellor, Derek Dinsmore, presented a statement on the Masonic situation in France. Brother Dinsmore said that Jean Pierre Servel adopted measures that were embraced by GLNF's Brethren and that "His actions appear to be restoring harmony within the GLNF."

The Grand Chancellor said that the Grand Lodges composing  the French Masonic Confederation were never recognized by the United Grand Lodge of England. He also noted that it remains unclear how it will be run and managed the new Masonic body and that the Confederation did not held discussions with GLNF, despite the fact that GLNF was internationally recognized as a regular Grand Lodge for nearly a century.

For UGLE to provide recognition, each member Grand Lodge of the French Masonic Confederation  must fully complied with the Basic Principles for Grand Lodge Recognition.

The Grand Chancellor said that UGLE will not interfere in the internal affairs of French Freemasonry and that UGLE embrace measures taken by GLNF but it will not yet put into discussion the issue of recognition of any Grand Lodges in France and the United Grand Lodge of England will not hold talks with any French Grand Lodge. In the same vein, Derek Dinsmore said that given the conditions, UGLE will not attend the ceremonies marking the 100th anniversary since the founding of GLNF.

Freemasonry flourishes in Malawi

Lilongwe, Malawi. African Freemasonry is growing and Malawi is no exception. In Malawi there are already several Masonic Lodges gathering prominent men of the society. Two of the Lodges work under the jurisdiction of the United Grand Lodge of England (District Grand Lodge of Zimbabwe), and another under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Scotland.

The City Hall of Santa Cruz de Tenerife has signed a collaboration agreement with Grand Lodge and the Supreme Council

Monday, 9 September 2013

Santa Cruz, Spain. The City Hall of Santa Cruz (Tenerife) requested advice from the Grand Lodge of Spain for the rehabilitation Masonic Temple in the city, a monument that was damaged for seven decades.

The City Hall has signed a cooperation agreement with the Grand Lodge of Spain for the establishment of Añaza International Centre for Masonic Studies. It was also signed a cooperation agreement with the Supreme Council for Spain.

Grand Lodge of Russia sponsors the Russian-American Youth Summit

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Moscow, Russia. The Grand Lodge of Russia sponsored this year at the request of Brethren from the Grand Lodge of Washington the Russian-American Youth Summit. The first session of the meeting was held on August 27 to 29, 201,3 in Seattle, and the second session will be held in Moscow in March 2014.

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