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« Reply #6840 on: October 28, 2018, 10:46:51 PM »

Synod 2018

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/edward-pentin/names-of-the-elected-members-of-synod-of-bishops-ordinary-council

Oct. 27, 2018
Higher Representation of African, Asian Prelates on Synod of Bishops’ Ordinary Council

Names of the enlarged group of 16 elected members include Cardinals Joseph Tobin, Luis Antonio Tagle and Cameroon Bishop Andrew Nkea Fuanya.
Edward Pentin

The sixteen prelates elected on Friday as members of the Ordinary Council of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops — an influential group responsible for the preparation of the next synod — include some well-known names and a larger representation from Africa and Asia than in the past.

The Register has learned the Council, whose total number of members has been enlarged from 15 to 21, includes eight from Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Among those elected are Cardinals Joseph Tobin of Newark, despite not being present at this synod, Maung Bo of Yangon, Myanmar, and Bishop Andrew Nkea Fuanya of Mamfe, Cameroon — a rising star whose clear defense of the Church’s teaching during this synod has caught many people’s attention.

The remaining six members who include papal appointees, experts and dicastery heads are not yet known.

The full list of elected names:
 
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« Reply #6841 on: October 29, 2018, 09:13:45 PM »

Synod 2018

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/synod-2018s-final-document-shows-nuances-on-synodality-75528

Analysis
Synod 2018's final document shows nuances on 'synodality'
By Andrea Gagliarducci

Vatican City, Oct 29, 2018 / 12:14 pm (CNA).- Among the most debated paragraphs of the final document from the Synod of Bishops on young people, faith, and vocational discernment were those pertaining to the concept of synodality.

Although all paragraphs on the matter, namely, n. 119 to 125, got a majority of affirmative votes, the paragraphs also received a relatively high number of “no” votes, showing that bishops agreed less on that issue than on others in the document.

This is not surprising. According to a source within the synod, the issue of synodality heated discussions as soon as the first draft of the final document was presented in the synod hall.

Discussion swung between two poles. On one hand, some synod fathers wanted to include a strong word on synodality in the document, as part of an effort to lead the Church toward a new form of synodal-style government. On the other hand, some synod fathers objected to the idea that synodality as a way of governing might be pushed so far as to suggest that even doctrinal issues could be voted on by a college.

It seems apparent that a clarification on the issue is needed, though it will likely not take place soon.
 
Giving conclusive remarks on the synod Oct. 27, Pope Francis said the document must have an effect on the bishops, since “we wrote the document, we studied it, we approved it,” and now “the Spirit gives us the document so that it could work in our earth. We are the receivers of the document, not people outside.”
 
Pope Francis’ words offer two takeaways:
 
First: it is not certain the pope will issue a post-synodal exhortation, as Pope Francis wants to evaluate the fruits of the document first.
 
Second: Pope Francis actively participated in the drafting of the document, and made clear that the document is directed toward bishops, who are themselves are called to make it effective
 
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« Reply #6842 on: October 29, 2018, 09:20:27 PM »

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https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/synodality-and-sexuality-what-the-youth-synod-document-said-and-didnt-say-26670

Analysis
Synodality and sexuality: What the youth synod document said and didn't say
By Ed Condon

Vatican City, Oct 29, 2018 / 03:37 pm (CNA).- The fifteenth ordinary general session of the Synod of Bishops closed on Saturday. After a long afternoon of voting by the synod fathers, a final document was approved, mostly addressing the topics of young people, faith, and vocational discernment.

After nearly a year’s preparation, and more than three weeks of synodal sessions, the Oct. 27 document had been keenly anticipated by Church leaders and the media. But most of the anticipation was about how the synod would address topics only tangentially linked to the synod’s official program.

The three most prominent of these were the clerical sexual abuse crises still engulfing the Church in some parts of the world; the ways the Church speaks about human sexuality, and especially homosexuality; the concept of “synodality” in the exercise of the Church’s teaching and governance.

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« Reply #6843 on: October 29, 2018, 09:33:07 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2018-10/pope-francis-scalabrinian-missionaries-migrants.html

Pope to Scalabrinians: ‘Help migrants remember their journey'
29 October 2018, 13:54

Pope Francis addresses Scalabrinian Missionaries  (Vatican Media)
Speaking to participants in the General Chapter of the Scalabrinians on Monday, Pope Francis calls on the missionaries to listen to migrants, to walk alongside them, and to share Jesus with them through the Word and the Eucharist.
By Devin Watkins

In his prepared remarks, Pope Francis invited the Scalabrinian Missionaries to help migrants remember both the good and bad moments of their lives and to preach the Gospel to them by their closeness.

The Missionaries of Saint Charles Borromeo are holding their General Chapter in Rome on the theme: Encounter and Journey: “Jesus walked with them. (Lk 24:15)”. The Scalabrinians have sought to be “migrants with the migrants” for the last 25 years.

Pope Francis encouraged them in their mission to migrants and to “proclaim the Word to them and to walk with them.”
 
Pope Francis reminded them to remain in Jesus and to live a healthy community life. Otherwise, he said, “we are only doing social activism”.
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« Reply #6844 on: October 29, 2018, 09:36:56 PM »

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Pope emphasizes importance of truth in journalism
29 October 2018, 11:58

In a message to Italian news agency SIR, Pope Francis calls on reporters to always speak the truth.
By John Waters

Pope Francis has sent a message to the Italian news agency SIR (Servizio Informazione Relgiosa/Religious Information Service) in time for the thirtieth anniversary of its publication. The agency was founded in order to help better communicate information relating to both religious and world affairs to the Italian Catholic Church.

"Continue your work"

In his address the Pope began by reminding the workers of SIR that “Thirty years is a long time, but it is not the end of the line. Therefore, continue your work with the same novelty with which your founding fathers have thought, and thereby brought about a unique project, an instrument for information to connect the Italian territories with each other and their Diocese’s.” The Pope went on to note that the agency is an instrument of socio-cultural communion between Italian Catholics.

Committed to truth and impartiality

Pope Francis praised the vision of the first president of SIR, Mons Giusseppe Cacciami, who hoped that the agency would be judged for its commitment to truth and impartiality when reporting. The Pope suggested that Mons Cacciami’s wishes are particularly important today, as the world witnesses the rise of “Fake news.” He therefore exhorted the journalists of SIR to “Continue to practice your profession, always tending towards the truth, for that is the best antidote and most effective way to combat falsity.”
 
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« Reply #6845 on: October 29, 2018, 09:42:32 PM »

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Pope’s condolence for victims of Indonesia’s plane crash
29 October 2018, 13:39

Lion Air flight JT610 lost contact with ground officials 13 minutes after takeoff from Jakarta and crashed into the sea with 189 people on board.
By Robin Gomes

Pope Francis has expressed his sadness for the victims of a low-cost Indonesian aircraft that crashed into the sea on Monday with 189 people on board soon after taking off from the capital, Jakarta.

“Having learned with sadness of the recent plane crash in Jakarta, His Holiness Pope Francis conveys his condolences to all those affected by this tragedy,” read a condolence telegram signed on the Pope’s behalf by Vatican Secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

“He offers the assurance of his prayers for all who have died and for those who mourn their loss.  Upon the nation and all involved in the rescue and recovery efforts His Holiness invokes the strength and peace of Almighty God,” the cardinal wrote in the message to Archbishop Piero Pioppo, Apostolic Nuncio to Indonesia.
 
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« Reply #6846 on: October 30, 2018, 09:26:37 PM »

Synod 2018

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/church/news/2018-10/synod-youth-2018-meeting-uisg-sisters-auditors.html

Women religious called to be prophetic voice of Synod
30 October 2018, 12:25

Sisters who participated in the Synod speak about how women religious can implement it
Fresh from the Synod experience, 6 women religious reflect on the specific gift women religious have in taking the Synod from the hall into the actual lives of young people.
By Sr Bernadette Mary Reis, fsp

On Monday evening, the day after the Synod concluded, 6 women religious representing the International Union of Superiors General (UISG) met with women religious, ambassadors to the Holy See and journalists. They reflected on how women religious can make the Synod bear fruit in the lives of young people.

Memory

Young people’s needs and dreams should be part of the meetings and planning at every level of religious life, Sr Sally Marie Hodgdon, Superior General of the Sisters of St Joseph of Cambéry, said. Religious are the “memory”, the “prophetic voice” moving the Synod forward, reminding the Church what happened at the Synod and living the spirit, she said. This means reminding the Bishops of some ideas that came out of the Synod, such as, the creation of diocesan youth councils, synods of young people in the local churches, and the inclusion of youth in Bishops’ Conference meetings using the Synod method.
 
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« Reply #6847 on: October 30, 2018, 09:33:09 PM »

https://zenit.org/articles/popes-november-prayer-intention-in-the-service-of-peace/

Pope’s November Prayer Intention: In the Service of Peace 
October 31, 2018 01:01
 
Pope Francis’ November 2018 prayer intention is In the Service of Peace: That the language of love and dialogue may always prevail over the language of conflict.”

Pope Francis’ prayer intention is promoted throughout the world by the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network. 
 
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« Reply #6848 on: October 31, 2018, 07:23:22 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2018-10/pope-francis-audience1.html#.W9mOV7_LgY4.twitter

Pope on Bible: No other book has same power to transform lives
31 October 2018, 10:42

Before the General Audience on Wednesday Pope Francis greeted a delegation from the American Bible Society in the Paul VI complex.

Transform lives through God’s word

The American Bible Society’s mission statement is “to transform lives through God’s word” and in his greetings to members of the society in the Vatican on Wednesday, Pope Francis encouraged them to pursue and even intensify their commitment, to that mission.

The Pope went on to stress that “truly the word of God has the power to transform lives, and quoting from the Letter to the Hebrews, he said, it is “living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword…” The Pope underlined that “no other book has the same power.” In its word, he continued, “we recognize the Spirit who inspired it: for only in the Spirit can Scripture truly be received, lived and proclaimed, for the Spirit teaches all things and reminds us of all that Jesus said.”
 
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Pope at Audience: 'all love is meant to be faithful, generous and fruitful'
31 October 2018, 12:05

Pope Francis at General Audience  (ANSA)
Pope Francis says every Christian vocation, including the priesthood and consecrated virginity, are deeply spousal, life-giving and self-sacrificing. He was speaking at the General Audience during which he reflected on the 6th Commandment.
By Linda Bordoni

Speaking to the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis reflected on the 6th Commandment, “You shall not commit adultery”, and said that as Christians, our “original call” is "to full and faithful spousal love", which Jesus Christ revealed and gave to us.

Commenting on the Letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians, he described the concept as “revolutionary” saying that notwithstanding the “anthropology of the time” it affirms that “the husband must love his wife as Christ loves the Church”.

And elaborating on this, the Pope explained that although the Commandment refers “explicitly to matrimonial fidelity”, it also speaks to every human relationship and vocation.

The Pope said the development of human maturity follows the path of love that goes from receiving care to the ability to offer care, from receiving life to the ability to give life.
 
https://zenit.org/articles/holy-fathers-october-31-general-audience-full-text/
Holy Father’s October 31 General Audience (Full Text) 
Catechesis on the Sixth Word of the Decalogue
October 31, 2018 15:37•Virginia Forrester

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« Reply #6850 on: November 01, 2018, 04:25:25 PM »

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Pope on All Saints Day: Beatitudes, the path to holiness in daily life
01 November 2018, 12:57

On All Saints, Nov. 1, Pope Francis recited the midday ‘Angelus’ prayer with the faithful and tourists in Rome St. Peter’s Square.
By Robin Gomes

Pope Francis on Thursday urged Christians to seek holiness not by accomplishing extraordinary things but by following the path of the Beatitudes without half measures in everyday life.

The Holy Father offered the exhortation before the midday “Angelus” prayer on All Saints Day, a holiday in Italy and the Vatican.

Speaking from his studio window to a crowd gathered in Rome’s St. Peter’s Square, the Pope reflected on the First Reading of the day’s Mass from the Book of Revelations that speaks about “a vision of a great multitude” singing God’s praise.  The Pope said this praise is most apt at Mass when we sing “Holy, Holy, Holy…”. “We not only think of the saints, but we do what they do.”
 
https://zenit.org/articles/angelus-address-solemnity-of-all-saints-2/
Angelus Address: Solemnity of All Saints 
November 01, 2018 14:15

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« Reply #6851 on: November 01, 2018, 10:51:28 PM »

Synod 2018
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http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/synod-reflections-from-down-under-interview-with-archbishop-anthony-fisher

Nov. 1, 2018
Synod Reflections From Down Under: Interview With Archbishop Anthony Fisher

Dominican archbishop praises the will of those involved to bring young people closer to Christ and his Church, the general mood of the meeting, and the contributions of the young auditors.
Edward Pentin

Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney, Australia, was on the information commission for October’s youth synod, and he was elected to the Ordinary Council of the Synod of Bishops, which will prepare the next assembly.

In this Oct. 28 interview with Rome correspondent Edward Pentin, the Dominican archbishop praises the will of those involved to bring young people closer to Christ and his Church, the general mood of the meeting, and the contributions of the young auditors.

But he also highlights what he sees as weaknesses, including a “disappointing” diffidence about the Church’s moral teaching, an unwillingness to provide translations, and that almost all of the synod fathers felt “shut down” from speaking after they had given their interventions (speeches).
 
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« Reply #6852 on: November 02, 2018, 07:12:33 PM »

https://zenit.org/articles/all-souls-day-pope-visits-laurentino-childrens-cemetery/

All Souls Day: Pope Visits Laurentino Children’s Cemetery 
The First Visit by a Pope to the Site
November 02, 2018 17:05•Jim Fair

Today is a day of memory of the past, a day to remember those who walked before us, who also accompanied us, gave us life,” Pope Francis said on his visit to Laurentin Cemetery on All Souls Day, November 2, 2018. “Remember, remember. Memory is what makes a people strong because it feels rooted in a journey, rooted in a history, rooted in a people. Memory makes us understand that we are not alone, we are a people: a people that has history, that has passed, that has life.”

Pope Francis was the first Pontiff to go to the Laurentino cemetery,  a 67-acre area in Rome’s southern periphery.

The program included a stop at the children’s cemetery. The “Garden of Angels” is an area of 600 square meters dedicated to the burial of stillborn or aborted babies. Two marble statues of Angels, symbols of innocence and purity, guard the Garden.

Monsignor Claudio Palma, almoner of the cemetery, said: “the Pope will keep present the spirit that is here in the Garden of Angels . . . a unique area where there is a place for aborted fetuses. He will be here for this reason: to stress the importance of life . . . because our life goes beyond death.”

The Holy Father celebrated Mass in the Chapel of the Risen Jesus, which opened in 2012. Of a circular shape and a surface of 220 square meters, it has 140 seats and a 120 square-meter Plaza.

The Cardinal Vicar of Rome, Camillo Ruini, consecrated the Laurentino cemetery on March 9, 2002. It’s the fourth cemetery visited by the Pontiff on the occasion of November 2: in 2013, 2014 and 2015, he celebrated Mass at the Verano cemetery. In 2016 he presided over the Eucharistic celebration at Prima Porta and in 2017 at the American cemetery of Nettuno, before pausing at the Fosses Ardeatine.

Working Translation of Holy Father’s Remarks, Delivered in Italian
 

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« Reply #6853 on: November 02, 2018, 07:24:24 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/vatican-city/news/2018-11/international-catholic-charismatic-renewal-charis.html

New international body for Catholic Charismatic Renewal
01 November 2018, 16:49

Logo for soon to be established CHARIS which will provide services to the Catholic Charismatic Renewal
The Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life unveils a new body that will provide services to the international Catholic Charismatic Renewal which will be established on 8 December.
By Sr Bernadette Mary Reis, fsp

The Holy See is establishing a body that will provide a “new, single, international service for the needs of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in the Church”. This news was announced by the Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life in a Press Release on 31 October.

Details of the new organization

According to the Press Release, December 8 is the day that will see this new structure come to light. In addition, the statutes governing it will be approved, “ad experimentum” (i.e. on an experimental basis). Pope Francis himself has requested the creation of such an organization “on several occasions”, the Press Release states. CHARIS will be its name and it “will operate in favour of all expressions of the current of grace that is Catholic Charismatic Renewal”.
 
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« Reply #6854 on: November 03, 2018, 08:00:07 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2018-11/pope-homily-mass-deceased-cardinals-bishops-oil.html

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for deceased Cardinals and Bishops
03 November 2018, 14:18

In his homily the Pope reflects on the parable of the Ten Bridesmaids at the wedding banquet, and uses the image of oil to describe how we should live our lives.
By Seàn-Patrick Lovett

8 Cardinals and a Patriarch passed away over the last year. And 154 Bishops from nearly 40 countries. All of them were remembered by Pope Francis at a Requiem Mass celebrated in St Peter’s Basilica, at the Altar of the Chair, on Saturday morning.
 
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Pope Francis: Life is a constant call to go forth
03 November 2018, 12:44

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for Deceased Cardinals and Bishops  (Vatican Media)
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« Reply #6855 on: November 04, 2018, 07:32:42 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2018-11/pope-francis-angelus0.html

Pope Angelus: Love for God and neighbour two faces of same coin
04 November 2018, 12:13

Pope Francis during the Angelus in St Peter's Square  (AFP or licensors)
During his Angelus address from St Peter’s Square, Pope Francis takes his cue from Sunday’s Gospel reading from Mark in which a scribe asks Jesus "What is the first of all the commandments?

Jesus responds, said the Pope, by quoting the profession of faith with which every Israelite opens and closes his day and which begins with the words "Listen, Israel! The Lord our God is the only Lord". It is from this source, explained the Pontiff, “that the double commandment is derived for us: "You will love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength. You shall love your neighbour as yourself.”
 
https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2018-11/pope-francis-angelus.html
Angelus: Pope prays for victims of Egypt Coptic attack
04 November 2018, 11:42

https://zenit.org/articles/angelus-address-on-love-of-god-and-love-of-neighbor/
Angelus Address: On Love of God and Love of Neighbor 
November 04, 2018 14:52•Virginia Forrester

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Pope warns against selfish ambition and conceit
05 November 2018, 12:18

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at Casa Santa Marta  (Vatican Media)
Pope Francis celebrated morning Mass reminding Christians not to go through life simply by cultivating their personal advantage but by looking out for the interests of others, without expecting anything in return.
By Linda Bordoni

Pope Francis has warned that “rivalry and vainglory” have the power to destroy the very foundations of communities by sowing division and conflict.

Speaking on Monday morning during the homily at Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, the Pope reflected on the Gospel reading of the day that reaffirms the importance of giving freely.
 
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Pope Francis: ' A Christian cannot be an anti-Semite'
05 November 2018, 13:14

Pope Francis prays at the memorial to the Victims of the Ghetto in Vilnius, Lithuania  (AFP or licensors)
Pope Francis received a delegation from the ancient community of Mountain Jews to discuss Holocaust anniversaries and the problems of Anti-Semitism today.
By John Waters

Pope Francis on Monday held a meeting with representatives of the World Congress of Mountain Jews. It is the first time that a delegation from this community, which dates back to the 5th Century, has travelled to meet a Pope.

Past and present

Mountain Jews were descended from the Persian Jews, who came from modern day Iran. They were known to be great warriors and horsemen in the past. They lived in mountainous communities near the Caspian Sea for many centuries but, after the fall of the Soviet Union, are now spread across many regions, with the largest communities living in Russia and Azerbaijan.

The Pope began by recalling his most recent meeting with a Jewish community during his visit to Lithuania in September. That visit commemorated the Seventy Fifth anniversary of the destruction of the Jewish ghetto in the Lithuanian capital city, Vilnius.
 
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Pope at Mass: Jesus invites us to the banquet of the Kingdom
06 November 2018, 12:40

Pope Francis at the daily Mass at Casa Santa Marta  (Vatican Media)
The Kingdom of God is often seen as a banquet. Jesus invites us to be with Him at the feast – but, the Pope asks, how often do we make up excuses in order to refuse His invitation? Jesus, Pope Francis says, is good, and offers us a second chance, but He is also just.
By Adriana Masotti

The day’s Gospel passage revolves around a banquet organised by one of the leading Pharisees, to which Jesus had been invited. The Gospel for Monday told how, at the banquet, Jesus had healed a sick person, and had observed that many of the guests sought to occupy the most prominent place. The Lord told His host that he should invite the most needy to dine with him, those who could not return the favour.
 
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« Reply #6859 on: November 07, 2018, 08:08:04 PM »

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Pope at Audience: Life is a time for giving, not possessing
07 November 2018, 11:12

Continuing his catechesis on the Ten Commandments, Pope Francis at his General Audience on Wednesday focused on the Seventh Word: You shall not steal.
By Christopher Wells

In his catechesis, Pope Francis notes that there is no culture that does not condemn theft and the misuse of our possessions. But, he says, it is worthwhile to reflect more deeply on the theme of ownership “in light of Christian wisdom.”

The universal destination of goods

Citing the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Pope says “the goods of creation are destined for the whole human race”; and this “universal destination of goods remains primordial, even if the promotion of the common good requires respect for the right to private property and its exercise.”
 
https://zenit.org/articles/general-audience-on-the-7th-commandment-thou-shall-not-steal-full-text/
GENERAL AUDIENCE: On the 7th Commandment: ‘Thou Shall Not Steal’ (FULL TEXT) 
November 07, 2018 10:51

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