Michelle Bachelet visited and gave a speech to the Grand Lodge of Chile

Monday, 3 November 2014

Santiago, Chile. President of Chile, Ms. Michelle Bachelet visited the Grand Lodge of Chile. This is the first time in the history of this country when a President makes an official visit and talks in front of the Grand Lodge of Masons. At the time of her entry into the Grand Temple, Bachelet was cheered by over 650 Freemasons and guests present. Bachelet's father was a Freemason, as was her maternal grandfather.

Chilean Presidency informed that Mrs. President attended the Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Chile to provide to the national freemasonry a recognition for its contribution to education, freedom, State and public policies.

The Most Worshipful Grand Master of Chile said: "We feel particularly proud because, you, Madam President, you are always considered a person close to our institution."

More information about this event and a detailed analysis of the significance of this historic meeting you can read in the editorial that will appear on Masonic Times.

Queen Silvia offered the scholarships of the Masonic Foundation of Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden. Queen Silvia of Sweden handed the 35 scholarships offered annually by the Masonic Foundation Stiftelsen Frimurare Barnhusets. Queen of Sweden was greeted by the President of the Foundation, Carl-Gustaf Piehl, and the event was held at the Bååtska Palace.

Grand Lodges of Massachusetts, Iowa and the Czech Republic have recognized GLNF

Paris, France. The French National Grand Lodge resumed its Masonic relations with the Grand Lodges of the Czech Republic, Iowa and Massachusetts. The positive trends within GLNF made ​​the Grand Lodge of the Czech Republic, on September 18, 2014, to decide whether to grant or not the recognition which was originally suspended. This Grand Lodge re-recognized GLNF.

Also, the Grand Lodge of Iowa has adopted the same decision on September 19, 2014, at the Annual Communication. The Grand Lodge of Massachusetts (one of the most important in the United States) took the same decision on September 10, 2014.

Spain hosted the General Assembly of the VI Zone of the IMC

Barcelona, Spain. The 37th General Assembly of the 6th Zone of the IMC (Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Paraguay, Peru, Chile, Brazil, Bolivia and Uruguay) was held this year in Europe. The host of the event was the Grand Lodge of Spain. Also attended the event the Executive Secretary and IMC's President. The next meeting will take place next year in Chile.

The Government of Catalonia and Barcelona City Hall were visited by IMC's leaders attending this event. They were greeted by Manuel Manonelles (Director General for Multilateral and European Affairs) in the Government Palace and by Jordi Marti in the Consistory of Barcelona.

Conference of Grand Secretaries and Chancellors of Europe

Friday, 10 October 2014

London, United Kingdom. From 10 to 11 October 2014, the United Grand Lodge of England is hosting the 25th Conference of Grand Secretaries and Chancellors of Europe. The last meeting took place last year in Rome, hosted by the Grand Orient of Italy.

Annual Communication of the Sovereign Grand Lodge of Egypt

Cairo, Egypt. From 11 to 13 October 2014 will take place the Annual Communication of the Sovereign Grand Lodge of Egypt. The SGLE laims to have been regularly established as the successor of the National Grand Lodge of Egypt, closed in 1964.

Romania hosts the 2016 European Conference of Sovereign Grand Commanders

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Bucharest, Romania. Following the decision taken at the 51st European Conference of Sovereign Grand Commanders (Istanbul), the Supreme Council of Romania, headed by Sovereign Grand Commander Constantin Iancu, will host in 2016 the 52nd European Conference of Sovereign Grand Commanders. The same year marks 135 years since the founding of the first AASR Supreme Council in Romania.

Istanbul, May 22 to 26, 2013 

The Supreme Council of Romania is a founding member of the Confederation of European Supreme Councils and Constantin Iancu is the Secretary General of the organization based in Lausanne. Iancu also holds the chair of Vice President (2013-2016) of the European Conference of Sovereign Grand Commanders.

National Supreme Council of France (SCNdF)

Paris, France. Following the Masonic effervescence within the Hexagon, the National Supreme Council of France was founded this year. The birth of the SCNdF is due to the wish of GLNF Brethren who wanted to continue their works in the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite. Jacques Prats was elected Sovereign Grand Commander.

Júlio Meirinhos is the new Grand Master of Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal. Júlio Meirinhos, lawyer and politician, became the new leader of the Portuguese Freemasonry. Born in 1954 in Spain (son of Portuguese immigrants), Meirinhos was twice Deputy of Portugal, as member of the Socialist Party.

He was initiated into Porto do Graal Lodge #2, in 1992. He also was Worshipful Master of two Masonic Lodges, Assistant Grand Master for several GLLP's Grand Masters, Deputy Grand Master and Representative of many Grand Lodges. He is a member of the Mark Master Masons, Royal Arch, the Rite Adonhiramita and he is also a 32°AASR Freemason. 

Meirinhos is the successor to Grand Master José Francisco Moreno (2010-2014), defeating in this summer's elections his opponent, the architect José Pereira da Silva.

Foundation of the Feminine Grand Lodge for the Republic of Colombia

Medellin, Cloumbia. On October 11, 2014 will take place the Consecration Ceremony of the Feminine Grand Lodge for the Republic of Colombia. The Charter was issued by the Feminine Grand Lodge of Romania. FGLR will be present in Colombia this week to consecrate the youngest Feminine Grand Lodge in the world.




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