Gilbert Stepanian is the new Grand Master of Armenia

Friday, 25 July 2014

Yerevan, Armenia. In mid July took place the Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Armenia. On this occasion also took place the Installation Ceremony of Grand Master Gilbert Stepanian, 33°. The new Grand Master of Armenia was in 2010 Worshipful Master of Mithras Lodge of Perfection in Washington. In the morning, before the convention, the Grand Masters visited the Genocide Memorial in Yerevan. In the following days also took place the Annual Communication of the Supreme Council of Armenia.


Simon Bolivar's sword came into the possession of the Grand Lodge of Venezuela

Caracas, Venezuela. The Sword one of the best known Freemasons in Latin America, Simon Bolivar, came yesterday into the possession of the Grand Lodge of Venezuela. The Bolivarian Society of Venezuela gave the artifact to Estrella Bolivar Lodge #118, founded 65 years ago on July 24. The Freemason Simon Bolivar is revered in countries like Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Panama, as a symbol of freedom.


Bolivia: IX Reunion of the Sovereign Grand Commanders of South America

Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Bolivia's Supreme Council hosted on May 29 to 31, 2014, the IX Reunion of the  during the Sovereign Grand Commanders of South America. Sovereign Grand Commander Jorge Enrique Inofuentes Peix said that the event was attended by the Supreme Councils of Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil, Venezuela and Ecuador. Columbia could not be represented because its leader was in the hospital. Also, the Supreme Councils of Panama, Spain, Portugal and Bulgaria attended as observers.


Also, in an interview at the event, the leader of the Scottish Rite in Bolivia stated that he welcomes and respects Women's Freemasonry. The statement was made in the context of a question launched by the reporter who asked why women are not allowed in Freemasonry.

Maestro Gian Luigi Zampieri closed the George Enescu Philharmonic season

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Bucharest, Romania. Yesterday evening was held a concert in honor of the Italian takeover of the rotating presidency of the European Union, organized by the Italian Embassy in Bucharest, in partnership with the Romanian Athenaeum. On this occasion, Alexandru Tomescu was decorated by the Italian Ambassador Diego Brasioli with the Order of the Star of Italy in the rank of Knight, granted by President Giorgio Napolitano for his extraordinary merits in promoting the Italian culture. 


The concert was conducted by Maestro Gian Luigi Zampieri, initiated in Giorgio Asproni Lodge #1049, under the Jurisdiction of the Grand Orient of Italy, led by Grand Master Stefano Bisi. The event was attended by the ambassadors of the Member States of the European Union, Romanian state officials, the representative of the European Commission in Bucharest, the Secretary General of the Masonic Press Agency, diplomats, artists and business from Italy and Romania etc. Maestro Zampieri became a publicly known figure in the Romanian cultural landscape in recent years thanks to his talent and his collaborations with George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra and the Radio Chamber Orchestra of Romania.

Aras Kazaz is the new Grand Master of Azerbaijan

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Baku, Azerbaijan. On June 28, 2014, was held the Annual Communication of the National Grand Lodge of Azerbaijan. The event was attended by the Grand Master of Russia, Andrei Bogdanov, and Germany's Rüdiger Templin. Robert B. Heyat, Honorary Grand Master of the National Grand Lodge of Romania and Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Washington DC, also attended the event. On this occasion took place the Installation Ceremony of Grand Master Aras Kazaz.


Inter-American Masonic Confederation leaders gathered in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Argentina. On June 27, 2014 took place the Executive Council of the Inter-American Masonic Confederation. The meeting was hosted in the Cangallo Palace in buenos Aires, headquarters of the the Grand Lodge of Argentina. During the working meeting was read a petition of the Grand Orient of Paraguay. MIC's leaders have jointly decided that the petition can not be taken into account and that the Symbolic Grand Lodge of Paraguay is Paraguay's sole regular Obedience.




The Lieutenant Grand Commander of the Supreme Council for Cyprus passes away, aged 85

Monday, 16 June 2014

Larnaca, Cyprus. With great sorrow the AASR Supreme Council for Cyprus announces that its Lieutenant Grand Commander, Illustrious Malcolm Gilbert Bruce-Squires, 33º, passed to the Eternal Lodge on 12 June 2014, age 85.


He was one of the founders of the first Rose Croix Chapters in Cyprus and of others such as St. Barnabas, St. Lazarus etc. He was appointed Grand Prior of the Supreme Council for Cyprus in 2006 and starting with 2009 he was Lieutenant Grand Commander of the AASR in Cyprus.

Joint Statement of the Grand Lodges of England, Ireland and Scotland on the French National Grand Lodge

Thursday, 12 June 2014

London, United Kingdom. The Grand Lodges of England, Ireland and Scotland issued today a joint statement regarding the recognition of the French National Grand Lodge. They informed that they recognized again GLNF due to the positive evolution within the Grand Lodge. The Grand Lodge of Ireland has restored GLNF's recognition on June 5th, UGLE on June 11th and the Grand Lodge of Scotland on June 12, 2014.


Grand Lodge of Massachusetts recognizes the Grand Lodge of Montenegro

Boston, United States. Last weekend was held the Quarterly Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. Among the decisions taken in this QC was extending recognition to Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Maryland and to the Grand Lodge of Montenegro. 


In 2006 the Grand Lodge of Yugoslavia decided to separate into two Grand Lodges (Serbia and Montenegro). On May 12, 2007 was founded the Grand Lodge of Montenegro and the consecration was made ​​by United Grand Lodges of Germany, Grand Lodge of Serbia, the Grand Orient of Italy and the Grand Lodge of Austria.

UGLE recognizes again the French National Grand Lodge - GLNF

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

London, United Kingdom. According to news published yesterday by the Masonic Press Agency, the United Grand Lodge of England announced today that it will recognize again GLNF. UGLE's official communique will be made ​​tomorrow at 16:00 GMT.


 
 
 

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