May 2012

Monday, 28 May 2012

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Celebrating the 130th anniversary of the Ancient and Primitive Rite of Memphis-Misraim in Romania

APMR informs that in June 2012 the Ancient and Primitive Rite of Memphis-Misraim in Romania will celebrate 130 years of institutionalized activity. According to Jurnal Maosnic's edition of 27 May 2012, the presence of Ancient and Primitive Rite of Memphis and Misraim in Romania has lengthy history. Prince Constantin Moruzzi of Moldavia visited in the nineteenth century Constantinople where he and his courtiers were initiated in the Rite of Memphis.

Thus, the first Lodge of Memphis was consecrated in Iasi in 1807 under the obedience of the Orient of Constantinople. On June 24, 1881, was formed the Sovereign Sanctuary of the Memphis Rite in Romania, following a patent granted to MWGM Constantin Moroiu. In November 1881, Romania recognizes the unification of the two rites of Memphis and Misraim in one Body and also recognizes Giuseppe Garibaldi as Sovereign Grand Master, Grand Commander, General Grand Hyerofant of the Rite.

In June, Bucharest will host the celebration of this event under the gavel of Brother Gh. Florea, with the participation of various delegations from Russia, Italy and other countries.

Monday, 21 May 2012

Refounding Freemasonry, a conference held by Brother Jaime Chalita Zarur in Bucharest

During his intervention at the RMI 2012 in Bucharest, Dr. Jaime Chalita Zarur exposed his view on Freemasonry and presented the concept of "Refounding Freemasonry", a speech well known in Mexico since December 2011. The basis of this concept stands on 4 major points:

1. Recognition and respect between men and women in Freemasonry, respecting each others rituals and fundamental laws and regulations of their organizations so that they can have dialogue regarding Masonic unity as society and not being obliged to talk about unification, precisely to keep the respect for the practices regarding each Rite.

2. Stopping all derogatory among Freemasons and prioritizing the work constructed through facts and not involving hatred within the Brotherhood.

3. The key for all is education and study, not only for the population, but also for ourselves (Freemasons); learning our laws and regulations and building Liberal Universities in each state (in this case Mexico).

4. We need to be truly universal, inclusive and we must not involve ourselves into dogmatic issues.

Starting from the four points mentioned by Dr. Chalita Zarur the concept can grow within each and every single Masonic national society, reaching in the end the universal community of Freemasons. Brother Jaime stresses that this is a work for individuals but as a whole, as a society.

The Romanian York Rite organized a Romanian Masonic Week

APMR informs that during 14 to 20 May 2012 the York Rite organized an events calles "Romanian Masonic Week" to celebrate the 130th anniversary since the first historic evidence of the York Rite in Romania. The series of events ended on Sunday, when it was organized the meeting of the members of the Order Societas Rosicruciana in Romania.

Will the Mayan documentary be released this year?

San Francisco-based philanthropist and author Elisabeth Thieriot allegedly filmed a documentary without a valid permit on Mexican government ground and then fled the country with the footage, according to Mexican government documents.

The allegations concern the documentary “Revelations of the Mayans 2012 and Beyond,” which has descended into disarray after its executive producer, the wife of former San Francisco Chronicle Publisher Charles Thieriot, allegedly fled with two dozen hard drives and 10 computer towers containing the film’s footage.

photo: Raul Julia Levy (Raul was honored by UNESCO,
the educational and cultural arm of the United Nations,
for his contributions to the arts
and his activism in support of the indigenous people of the Americas)

The documents are based on complaints filed by the film’s producer, Raul Julia-Levy, who also accused three others — Eduardo Vertiz Mascarenas, Emiliano Chaparro Martinez and Eduardo de la Cerda — of stealing footage and equipment.

“She ran away with the footage,” Julia-Levy said. “She was informed not to leave the country, but she did. We are extremely sad and disappointed that Mrs. Thieriot did this, and we will pursue this with all the arms of the law.”

Thieriot did not respond to emails sent to her through her website and her Facebook page.

Among the documents obtained by entertainment news organization The Wrap is a letter from the attorney general in the Mexican state of Campeche that orders Thieriot and two others to appear and turn over the hard drives and towers.

Another letter, from Ramon Carrasco Vargas of Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History, a government entity, is addressed to Thieriot and details a list of violations and warnings.

In a series of interviews with The Wrap over the past year, Julia-Levy said the film would prove that the Mayans had been contacted by extraterrestrials who left messages that will be vital to humanity during an upcoming period of upheaval.

The Wrap via Reuters

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Chilean Parliament pays tribute to the Grand Lodge of Chile

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Grand Lodge of Chile, the Chamber of Deputies paid a public tribute to the Grand Lodge. During the ovations all Deputies reminded of the efforts and support of Freemasonry brought to public education and its interventions during the key moments in history.

Each parliamentary party leaders brought tributes in the presence of state authorities and national leaders of Chilean Freemasonry headed by the Grand Master of Grand Lodge of Chile, MW Brother Luis Riveros.