Thursday, May 21, 2020

‘Italian Freemasons support Catholic-Muslim signed accord’

The Grand Orient of Italy reportedly has endorsed a breakthrough document signed last year by the head of the Catholic Church and the grand imam of Al-Azhar University.

Meeting in Abu Dhabi last February, Pope Francis and Ahmad Al-Tayyeb added their signatures to “Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together,” a brief document that affirms, among other things, a “closeness between East and West, between North and South, and between all who believe that God has created us to understand one another, cooperate with one another, and live as brothers and sisters who love one another.”

This accord reportedly is hailed by the Grand Orient in its magazine, New Hiram. The current issue is not yet available on the GOI’s website, but National Catholic Register quotes it, saying the signed document “is ‘innovative’ and a ‘slow-release drug’ that could herald a ‘new era’ and represent a ‘turning point for a new civilization.’

Read the entire “Human Fraternity” here.

In the sometimes impenetrable world of Masonic politics and recognition, it is with the Grand Orient of Italy that we Americans have relations, but the United Grand Lodge of England does not. (As it does in France, the UGLE does not recognize the oldest and largest jurisdiction in Italy, but instead has relations with the group that it itself established, but that’s a whole other story.)

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