XIX World Conference of Supreme Councils held in Portugal

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Lisbon, Portugal. From 13 to 17 May 2015 took plce the World Conference of Supreme Councils. The event was hosted by the Supreme Council for Portugal, led by overeign Grand Commander Agostinho Garcia, 33º (President of the World Conference). he conference was attended by the Supreme Councils of Southern and Northern Jurisdictions of the United States, England, France, Peru, Italy, Israel, Spain, Greece, India, Cyprus, Romania, Bulgaria, Paraguay, Brazil, Venezuela, Scotland, Turkey Switzerland, Canada, Serbia, the Netherlands, Panama, Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Bolivia, Finland, Luxembourg, Australia, Colombia, Ivory Coast, Russia, Togo, Croatia, Armenia, Haiti and Latvia.

In accordance with decisions taken at Lisbon, the next World Conference will be organized by the Supreme Council of Paraguay. The XXI World Conference of Supreme Councils will be held in Bucharest (Romania) and organized by the Supreme Council of Romania.

Noé Dos Santos is the leader regular Freemasonry in Uruguay

Montevideo, Uruguay. At the end of the last year, the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Uruguay was reelected. For Noé Dos Santos and his deputy, José Garchitorena, this is the second term at the helm of Freemasonry in Uruguay.

The installation ceremony of the Grand Master was attended by several foreign delegations: United Grand Lodge of England (South District), Symbolic Grand Lodge of Paraguay, Grand Lodge of Santa Catarina (Brazil), Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Masonic Confederation, Grand Lodge of Argentina, Grand Orient of Brazil etc.

The banker Noé Dos Santos was born in 1938 and was elected twice as President of Rotary. He was initiated into Freemasonry in 1991. From 2013 he occupies the office of Grand Master. In July 2016, the Grand Lodge of Uruguay celebrated its 160 anniversary.

Christoph Bosbach is the new Grand Master of Germany

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Christoph Bosbach
Berlin, Germany. Christoph Bosbach is the new leader of German Freemasonry. He was installed in office last year after Rüdiger Templin has completed his two terms in office. The event took place on November 1, 2015 in the presence of 47 foreign delegations: England, Albania, Paraguay, Romania etc.

Born in Cologne, Bosbach was Deputy Grand Master and he is a lawyer. He also he worked in IT. Since 1991 is a member of the Lodge Freimut und Wahrheit in Cologne.

The United Grand Lodges of Germany have over 15300 Freemasons grouped in 485 Masonic Lodges. The organization is one of the largest in Europe alongside the United Grand Lodge of England, Grand Orient of Italy etc.

Commission on Information for Recognition recognizes the unification of regular Freemasonry in Bulgaria

Monday, 12 September 2016

At the beginning of this year took place the Conference of Grand Masters of North America. According to the tradition of this event, the annual report on regularity and recognition was issued. In this year's report there are references to the Grand Lodge of Georgia and the United Grand Lodge of Bulgaria. There is also additional information on the Regular Freemasonry in Quintana Roo (Mexico) and Paraguay.

Georgia | On March 14, 2015 took place the foundation of the Grand Lodge of Georgia with the help of the Grand Lodge of Russia. The Grand Lodge of Georgia asked the Commission for Recognition to analyze its regularity, but on February 22, 2016 the Grand Master of Russia asked the Commission that the matter be tabled until the meeting of 2017 and his petition was accepted.

Bulgaria | On June 20, 2015 took place the ratification process of the unification of Freemasonry in Bulgaria. The United Grand Lodge of Bulgaria is the sole regular Grand Lodge. The Masonic Agency announced that the unification ceremony held in Sofia (Hotel Marinella, 11.00 o'clock) was attended by Grand Masters and delegations from Germany, Austria, Russia, Italy, France, Spain, Turkey, Switzerland and the United States of America.

Israeli President received the visit of the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Israel

Tel Aviv, Israel. On 10 November 2015 a delegation of the Grand Lodge of the State of Israel was received by His Excellency President Reuven Rivlin. The delegation of the Grand Lodge was headed by Grand Master Avi Baranès. The delegation also included, among others: Past Grand Masters Nadim Mansour, Sami Raphael, Itzhak Zino, Ephraim Fuchs, Deputy Grand Master Suleiman Salem etc.

The President of Israel received from the Grand Master the medal of the Grand Lodge in recognition for his actions made in favor of Israeli citizens without distinction of race and religion.

Grand Master Avi Baranès is in his second term, leading  the sole regular Grand Lodge of Israel. President Reuven Rivlin is the leader of the Israeli state since 2014 and is a supporter of minority rights.


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