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.


United Grand Lodge of England disavows recording devices in Lodge

Friday, 12 September 2014

London, United Kingdom. The United Grand Lodge of England has approached again the issue of the presence and use of audio and video media outfits in the open Lodge. UGLE considers that all devices (phones, tablets and digital video recorders) must be turned off, The Grand Lodge believes that the new social media communication (Facebook, Twitter etc.) must be used properly.


UGLE's position reveals a reality with which Freemasonry is facing today, and this problem is extremely important for the discipline of Freemasons worldwide. The next Quarterly Communication will take place on December 10, 2014.


International Symposium organized by the Supreme Council of Cuba

Havana, Cuba. This is the second edition of the Symposium organized annually by the Supreme Council of Cuba. This year's theme is: Masonry and its Integration in the Current Society. The event takes place from 11 to 14/15 September 2014.


The Symposium starts today at 9:00 A.M. with the speech of Sovereign Grand Commander Lázaro Faustino Cuesta Valdés.


G. R. Edwards is the new Grand Master of South Africa

Monday, 25 August 2014

Cape Town, South Africa. On 23 August 2014 was held the Installation Ceremony of the new Grand Master of South Africa, Most Worshipful G. R. Edwards. Friday night there was a dinner offered by the South African Past Grand Master for the Heads of the foreign Masonic delegations, and Saturday was held the Annual Communication and installation of the new leader of the Grand Lodge of South Africa.


Grand Lodges of England, Scotland and Ireland react after the "Berlin Declaration"

London, United Kingdom. The Grand Lodges of England, Scotland and Ireland have reacted following the "Berlin Declaration". The three Grand Lodges issued what might be called the London Declaration, as an official response addressed to the Grand Lodge of Central Europe.


UGLEsays that the only Grand Lodge that meets the standards of regularity is the French National Grand Lodge - GLNF. The leaders of the Grand Lodges argue that the GLNF matter and the Masonic Confederation of France matter are two different subjects and therefore should be treated differently. They also appeal to the ancient principles of Freemasonry and state that the only one who can decide whether to share or not jurisdiction, in this case, will be GLNF. Without GLNF, the member Grand Lodges of the Confederation and the Confederation would not be recognized.


 
 
 

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