Freemasonry and the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil, 2016)

Friday, 12 August 2016

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. On 5 August 2016 took place the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, organized for the first time in South America (Brazil). The history of Modern Olympics is closely linked to Pierre de Fredy, Baron of Coubertin: Freemason, French pedagogue and historian, founder of the International Olympic Committee and founder of the modern Olympic Games.

The number of Freemasons to be present in Rio de Janeiro during the Olympic Games varies between 16,500 and 18,200. Brazil has one of the largest Masonic communities in the world, and the largest in Latin America. Some statistics show that in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games were involved (at all levels of activity) over 3,700 Freemasons, and during the course of the game their number exceeds 1,200.

The opening ceremony of the Olympic Games was marked by symbolism: Rio de Janeiro was the capital of the Brazilian Freemasonry until 1960, here were initiated in Freemasonry some of the greatest personalities of Brazilian colonial, imperial and republican society . Also, the opening ceremony has drawn attention to global warming and the plant chosen was a small acacia shrub, one of the important symbols of Blue Freemasonry. In terms of symbolism, the Olympics in Brazil were much poorer than the one that took place in London in 2012.


The Masonic Agency has officially resumed its publishing and international activity

Monday, 1 August 2016

On 1 August 2016 took place the election and installation of the new leadership of the Masonic Agency, which is, since today, led by the President of the Council. The Agency will begin publishing news and information in August. It will also realize some interviews this year.

Also starting with 1 August 2016 the Agency has resumed its Masonic internal and international activities. All official communications shall be made through the Secretariat of Communications Technology and Information (secti.contact@gmail.com). The old email address is no longer functional.

From now on all posts, information, news, interviews etc will be accompanied by the following official hashtag: #FM24h. The presence of this element on the official portals and official social networks (Facebook & Twitter) represents an identification system. Using this hashtag outside the mentiones portals and social networks does not represent a guarantee of the origin of the source (Masonic Agency).


Elections for the office of President of the Council of the Masonic Agency

Monday, 4 July 2016

This week, the Secretary-General ad interim will start the necessary procedures for ending the interim management of the Agency and to leave the office.

The procedure requires amending the Constitution and the Statute of the Advisory Body. Also, by installing a new leadership at the helm of the Masonic Agency, the attributes of the General Secretariat will be taken over temporarily by the Secretariat of Communications Technology and Information (SeCTI). Among those running for the leadership of the Council will be the coordinator of the Chancellery for Foreign Affairs, currently Secretary General ad interim and President ex officio of the Council.

Since the beginning of the Agency till 30 August 2010, the Agency was headed by its Founder. Subsequently, from 30 August 2010 to 2015, the Agency was headed by a Secretary General who served ex officio as President of the Council. Starting with this year, the office of President of the Council will an elective one, and a part of the duties of the Secretary-General will go to the office of President who will lead an executive Council and not a consultative one, as it was during 2010 - 2016, according to the Constitution.


The Masonic Agency has resumed its activity | 30 June 6016

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Today, 30 June 6016, took place the last session of the Council in order to prepare the relaunch of the Masonic Agency. According to those discussed it was settled the following: changing the management and decision structure and contact information.

In terms of image the Agency has decided to change the communication system, using an unique hashtag (# FM24h) for all social networks and adopting a new logo. It was also proposed to close the Lusophone department.

Regarding the administrative level it was decided to revise the Constitution, Statutes of the Advisory Body and Decrees (cancelling them if applicable). It was also decided to introduce the strategy of intervention.

The Council will meet monthly on 21. The official holidays of the Agency are: 5 February and 30 August. The Masonic Agency has resumed its activity today, 30 June 6016.


The Masonic Agency will resume its internal activity on March 21, 2016

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Today, 10 March 2016, at 10:30 AM, the members of the Council of the Agency met in informal session under the leadership of the Secretary-General ad interim. The members of the Council agreed with the proposal of the interim leadership to make changes in the editorial policy and make adjustments in the foreign affairs policy.

The Council will meet in an ordinary session on March 21, 2016 to vote on changes and to officially approve the amendment of the Constitution of the Agency. Also, as of March 21, 2016, the Masonic Agency will resume its internal activity.


 
 
 

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