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Posted By Bernard Gaynor on Friday, August 2, 2019 2:50 pm |

For anyone with eyes to see or ears to hear, the Plenary Council in Australia has become a scandalous disaster. We are watching a train wreck unfold in Australia.

On Monday the Final Report for the Plenary Council Phase 1: Listening and Dialogue was released by the National Centre for Pastoral Research.

This organisation reports directly to the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.

And chapter 16 of this report argues that the Catholic Church should ‘modernise’ to accept things such as contraception, homosexual marriage and euthanasia and even change the concept of sin.

Other large segments of the report are devoted to calls for female ordination.

And this document is written in the context that the calls have come directly from the ‘people of God’ who have been inspired by the ‘Spirit’ to answer the question: what do you think God is asking of us in Australia at this time?

It is clear that, as a collective, bishops are either allowing the Church in Australia to start on a path that will see it formally break off communion with Rome, or they have lost control of the Plenary Council process and we will end up, for all intents and purposes, in a mess that looks much the same.

We are faced with a disaster of calamitous proportions for the true faith in this nation.

I have sent the open letter below to every bishop and hundreds of priests. You might like to sign the petition below it in support – however due to technical limitations this will only be sent to the Secretary of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and the Archbishops of Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.

But, most importantly, it’s time to get on our knees, pull out our rosary beads and beg Our Lady Help of Christians for assistance…

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AN OPEN LETTER TO AUSTRALIA’S CATHOLIC BISHOPS

Dear Australian Bishops

An open letter to Australia’s Catholic Bishops: The Plenary Council has become a scandal!

The release of the Final Report for the Plenary Council Phase 1: Listening and Dialogue dramatically makes clear two things: the bishops have lost control of the Plenary Council and the Catholic Church in Australia is in the midst of a full-blown revolutionary crisis.

This report gives credence to all manner of heretical, blasphemous and evil ideas, including:

  • Female ordination
  • An end to priestly celibacy
  • Communion for all
  • Contraception
  • Divorce
  • Euthanasia
  • Homosexuality
It is scandalous that this document has been released under the authority of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference via the National Centre for Pastoral Research. It not only fails to condemn the above and other evils but instead cloaks them with a veneer of legitimacy by claiming that they are Catholic answers to the question: what do you think God is asking of us in Australia at this time?

This document stands in stark contrast to Mirari Vos which condemned attacks on religious celibacy and liberty of conscience. There can be no doubt that in saner times the very documents of this Plenary Council would have been condemned and destroyed and the words of Pope Gregory XVI almost two centuries ago ring ever louder:

The Church has always taken action to destroy the plague of bad books. This was true even in apostolic times for we read that the apostles themselves burned a large number of books.

The Plenary Council process has now descended into a farcical and scandalous sham that, at best, will plunge the Catholic Church in Australia into a civil war for generations. At worst it will result in open and defiant schism, heresy and destruction of the Church morally, institutionally and financially.

That the Plenary Council process is now dangerously out of control of the bishops is plainly obvious.

The Plenary Council cannot change the doctrines of the Church, yet all the documents released to date are filled with revolutionary cries in relation to Church teaching on basic morality and attacks on the very nature of the priesthood, the holy sacrifice of the Mass and the sacraments. Consequently, the spirit of the Plenary Council is now one that revolts openly against apostolic authority and the laws of the Church.

The Plenary Council is harming the mission of the Church to save souls by sowing dissent, revolt and confusion by also aiding the great attacks on the family and the very nature of man that we are assailed with today.

Worse, while the Plenary Council documentation is filled with buzzwords and phrases like ‘discernment’ and ‘listen to the Spirit’, there has been no training or guidance given to Catholics on the basics of discernment, which is to recognize and perceive that not all inspirations come from God, but that the evil spirits are also active.

Thus the process of the Plenary Council has opened the Church to Satan himself and it is now clear that his diabolical and destructive suggestions are wreaking havoc.

The only benefit that comes from this latest report, albeit accidentally, is that it highlights the true and sorry state of the Church in Australia today: most who call themselves Catholic do not know the faith and are openly opposed to the teachings of the Church.

Therefore, there has never been a more important time for Australia’s bishops to strongly defend the faith and clearly teach it to all.

The only question is whether any will do so. It has now been four days since this report was released and the response has been mute silence in the face of this scandal.

Now is not the time for inaction, sluggishness or hiding! In moments of great crises we can be sure that God stands ready to provide great graces to those who have the duty of acting boldly and courageously to defend His Church.

There is great grace available for any bishop who stands ready to do his duty and become the saint that he was made to be.

I pray that you accept this grace. All Australians, whether they adhere to the true faith or are unwittingly or even knowingly part of the revolution against the Church need you to. God has ordained a hierarchy and unless the bishops do their duty of state all of society faces natural and supernatural perils.

The Plenary Council should be stopped. In its current form it will only endanger souls.

Will any bishop state this plainly obvious truth?

May Our Lady Help of Christians, Australia’s great patroness who has so protected the Church in other times of crisis and who has been so rudely and scandalously ignored in the Plenary Council process, guide and protect us.

Bernard Gaynor

Sign the Petition HERE

Final Report for the Plenary Council Phase 1: Listening and Dialogue was released. You can find it here.


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Dear........

Last night an estimated crowd of over 10,000 people gathered in Martin Place, Sydney, to condemn the shocking NSW abortion bill and give a voice to the unborn.

The gathering came straight after the NSW Premier’s unexpected pledge to give at least 3 more weeks to the abortion debate.

Clearly, your voice is being heard! More than 6100 NSW supporters have now sent over 282,000 emails to their MPs and MLCs.

This last-minute reprieve is most welcome – and we must use every single day.

Meanwhile, Victoria has seen its first assisted suicide (a mother from Bendigo) and WA, SA and Queensland are now considering walking the same path.

It goes without saying that we have some serious work to do.

Please CLICK HERE to help us meet these threats!
With your help, we can keep making a difference.

Kind regards,

The Australian Family Coalition team

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Life is an incredible gift. That’s why it’s disheartening to see it under sustained attack right now.

In only the last few weeks:

  • Victoria’s first officially sanctioned assisted suicide occurred, seeing a mother from Bendigo end her own life.
  • The NSW lower house of Parliament rushed through a terrible abortion bill that would allow an unborn child’s life to be ended at any time before birth.
  • The Western Australian Government unveiled a bill for euthanasia and assisted suicide that’s worse than the Victorian regime. It would even allow a doctor to start a conversation with their patient about the option of ending their life.
But we’re not taking any of this lying down. Absolutely not! With your help, we’re working hard to defend life.

Not only are we mobilising our grassroots supporters across Australia, we’re constantly seeking to reach out to new people.

In the last few weeks, we’ve passed the incredible milestone of 50,000 supporters. Now, that sounds impressive, but so what? What does it mean practically?

To put it in perspective, it means we now have an average of more than 340 supporters for every federal MP.

And that’s precisely the point. Having a big email list means little unless we’re able to help people take meaningful action.

We’ve been doing a lot of that lately – but, as you can see from the dot points above, we have so much more to do.

Will you help us continue campaigning for life by making a donation?

The NSW abortion debate has shown that MPs are taking notice of your efforts.

Police Minister David Elliott shared on Facebook this week that he had received 376 communications (emails and phone calls) from his constituents. These are not random people – these are locals within his own electorate.

A massive 360 out of 376 were AGAINST the abortion bill! That’s a phenomenal result – and one reflected in Mr Elliott’s vote against the bill.

Meanwhile, the Daily Telegraph reported this week that “MPs are being inundated with emails”.

We can verify this.

As of yesterday afternoon, 5746 AFC supporters had sent a total of 282,028 emails to their MPs and MLCs in a short space of time.

And we’re not done yet, with a hard copy petition in circulation, submissions called for, and other efforts coming.

This is why we need your help.

We appreciate you taking action in campaigns. We’re grateful for you spreading the word – and for your prayers.

What we need right now is your financial support.
Can you spare $50, $100, $200 or any other amount to help us maintain the campaign for life across the country?
The challenges to life are coming at both ends of the spectrum – young and old – and from coast to coast.

But there’s absolutely NOTHING inevitable about public debate and politics. The federal election result certainly proved that.

We’re committed to meeting these challenges – and, with your help, we’ll be increasingly better able to.

We’re glad to be working alongside you.

Kind regards,

The Australian Family Coalition team

P.S.
Debate on both the NSW abortion bill and the WA assisted suicide bill will resume very soon. We’re also mindful that the SA abortion debate will soon resume – as will “assisted dying” debates in numerous states. Too often, whatever affects one state will end up affecting others.

We must be ready to meet these challenges and that’s why your donation means so much to us now. Please follow this link and consider how best you can help:

https://www.austfamily.com.au/donate

If you would like to donate by bank transfer, our details are:

BSB 035-046

Account: 468987

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WATCH: Thousands of Aussies protest bill to
decriminalize abortion in New South Wales


SYDNEY, Australia, August 20, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — As the winter night fell in Sydney, thousands amassed in the heart of the city, protesting a radical proposed new law permitting abortion on demand until birth.

The rally began in Martin Place, a pedestrian mall in the center of Sydney’s business district, at 6 PM and lasted until 9 PM. Thousands of protestors marched from Martin Place to the front of New South Wales Parliament buildings where legislators in the state’s Legislative Council, or upper house, were debating the bill.

Paul Hanrahan of Family Life International Australia told LifeSiteNews that he thought close to ten thousand pro-life advocates attended. There were speeches by the Archbishop of Sydney and other religious leaders and politicians, as well as an ultrasound demonstration that amplified the sound of the beating heart of an unborn baby over the large crowd.




“I’ve never seen this many people at a pro-life event in Australia or so engaged,” Hanrahan said.

“It was a very vocal protest.”

The rally was organized by the New South Wales Right to Life and co-sponsored by several other groups, including Family Life International, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney, the Maronite Eparchy, and the Melkite Greek Catholic Eparchy. It was a peaceful protest, untroubled by pro-abortion activists.

“The New South Wales police presence was very strong, and there was no significant counter-presence,” Hanrahan explained.

The Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019, which will permit even sex-selection abortion, was passed through New South Wales Legislative Assembly, or lower house, on August 8 by a vote of 59 to 31. It now has to pass through the New South Wales Legislative Council, or lower house, and receive the Governor’s assent for it to become law.

Hanrahan said that the Bill is controversial even for the way it was introduced.

“It was pushed into the Parliament,” he told LifeSiteNews.

“They had a desire to ram it through without public consultation,” he continued, and explained that this was very unusual.
“They tried to pull a ‘swiftie’ on the people of New South Wales.”

The Bill was introduced by an Independent member of the lower house named Alex Greenwich, backed by Penny Sharpe of the Labour Party, on August 1. The way it was rushed through the Legislative Assembly “caused a stink,” Hanrahan said.

Although Sydney is the largest city in Australia, home to over 4.6 million people, Hanrahan is not surprised that the specter of the pro-abortion bill brought thousands out to protest.

“Sydney is the strongest Catholic city [in Australia],” he explained and credited the healthy spiritual state of the Church there to the influence of Cardinal George Pell, who was the Archbishop of Sydney from 2001 until 2014. Among Pell’s other accomplishments, he successfully lobbied for World Youth Day 2008 to take place in the city.

The doctor who appeared on stage to give an unborn baby a voice through the ultrasound machine was Dr. Catherine Lennon, a Sydney-based expert in fertility and women’s health.

“Tonight there was a massive rally outside NSW parliament to oppose an extreme abortion bill that would allow abortion up to birth and even the death of babies born alive during an abortion procedure in late-term abortions who would be left to die,” she told LifeSiteNews in a statement.
“Already a similar Abortion reform bill passed in Victoria 2008 has tragically resulted in an increase in late-term abortions and hundreds of babies born alive during abortion procedures who were left to die,” Lennon continued.

The doctor noted that the Reproductive Healthcare Reform Bill 2019 allows abortion for almost any reason, including sex selection, up to 22 weeks, and after 22 weeks with approval of two doctors. Not even conscience rights of those who do not want to participate in committing abortions are fully respected.

“The conscientious objection section requires doctors if asked by a pregnant woman to refer her to an abortion provider or another doctor who is a supporter of abortion, even if the woman is almost at her due date,” Lennon wrote.

“The conscientious objection clause also affects nurses, pharmacists and other registered health practitioners,” she continued.

“This is a breach of fundamental human rights — no worker should be forced to participate in the killing of an innocent human being, and referring a woman for late-term abortion is participating in organising an abortion through that referral process. “

She called the bill “extreme” and agreed that it was rushed through parliament.

“We need to ditch this extreme [New South Wales] abortion bill and focus on improving support for pregnant women and better access to independent counseling,“ she concluded.

All the Australian states have different abortion laws. New South Wales is currently the only state in which abortion is still considered a crime. Since 1971, however, abortion has been considered lawful if a doctor believes that pregnancy poses a serious danger to the mother’s life or physical or mental health.

 

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Dear ......

While our attention has been focussed on the shocking NSW abortion bill, something insidious has gained traction in Victoria.
A bill that recently passed Victoria’s lower house seeks to radically alter the legal definition of biological sex.
The bill, pushed by the Andrews Labor Government, allows people to choose the sex listed on their birth certificate.
Changes can be made every 12 months, and could include “male”, “female” or something else entirely (e.g. “pangender”, “ambigender”, or “wolfsbanegender”, to name just a few of the countless possible options).
This is arguably among the most radical legislation Australia has seen, because it seeks to remove any acknowledgement of sex as an objective reality.

The Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Amendment Billwould also:
  • Allow the sex listed on a child’s birth certificate to be altered, in some circumstances even without parental consent
  • Allow anyone born outside of Victoria to obtain an official document listing their sex as anything they choose
  • Retrospectively change birth records, implying that a person’s biological sex was incorrectly recorded at birth.
It’s impossible not to recall the revolutionary assault on language by the totalitarian state in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, in which the hero is forced to agree that two plus two equals five.

If this bill passes, then every Victorian will be forced to agree to something no less absurd: that there is no such thing as biological sex, and that everyone is a man or a woman (or some other invented alternative) according to belief alone.

And if Victoria adopts such laws, we can be assured that emboldened activists will try elsewhere too.

If you live in Victoria, please CLICK HERE to contact your upper house MLCs – as well as Premier Dan Andrews – and urge them to reject this bill.

People outside Victoria can also participate by CLICKING HERE, with your message solely sent to Premier Andrews.


Given that the bill has already passed the lower house, it’s crucial we make a big impact as quickly as possible. In addition to taking action yourself, please encourage others to do the same.

We need to let Victorian MPs and Premier Dan Andrews hear our opposition loud and clear.

As always, thanks for your support.

Kind regards,

The Australian Family Coalition team

P.S.
These are the exact sort of laws we warned about during the 2017 marriage debate. The effect of these laws on our wider society (and regardless of our state) cannot be overstated.

This is truly an assault on the very concept of biological sex. Here’s the link again to take action:

https://www.austfamily.com.au/vic_gender

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Every Australian reading this is urged to contact named politicians and stop this Bill from seeing the light of day. To remain silent is to approve and facilitate the passing of this insult to our King and Saviour. If living in a different State to WA one has the right to reply as an Australian and can open message with those words.

There are two important issues I’d like to share with you:
  • the Federal Government’s religious discrimination legislation, and
  • the WA Government’s euthanasia push
Death in the West?
Mere weeks after Victoria’s euthanasia law claimed its first life, the WA Labor government is attempting to ram its own “assisted dying” laws through parliament.

Alarmingly, the WA Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill appears worse than the one that passed in Victoria, even permitting doctors to instigate conversations with their patients about euthanasia.

Just think about that for a minute.

This aspect alone throws the doors wide open to death-peddling quacks, with the state’s doctors potentially transformed from healers into killers.

WA Health Minister Roger Cook boasted in parliament that there are “102 safeguards within the Bill”.

But as fellow Labor MP Margaret Quirk pointed out this week, “Many of the so-called 102 safeguards are eligibility criteria rather than protections”.

She also rightly likened the bill to “unfurling a white flag of surrender” on caring for the dying, particularly with palliative care services so poorly resourced.

The evidence from countries where euthanasia has been legalised is clear: once the culture of death gains a foothold, its terrible consequences can’t be controlled.

There’s no way we can raise the white flag and surrender to that.

If you live in Western Australia, please CLICK HERE to urge your MPs to vote against this dangerous bill. Your message will be sent to your local MP and upper house MLCs, along with Premier Mark McGowan and Health Minister Roger Cook.

If you live in another state or territory, you can also participate, with your message being sent to

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Federal Government speaks on faith
After literally years of waiting, we have finally seen the Federal Government’s proposals to protect religious freedom.

The debate has been incredibly drawn out, spanning the 2017 marriage survey, the marriage vote in parliament (when most good amendments were thrown out and we were promised something at a later date), the Ruddock Review (and related leaks last year designed to damage faith-based schooling), the Israel Folau saga, and finally the federal election.

It’s been a marathon and, disappointingly, we’re still far from the finish line.

Why do I say this? Several reasons:

  1. While the Government’s proposal is just that, a proposal for consultation, it falls short of what’s needed to truly maintain freedom of religion and belief – with the courts left to have a field day.

  2. Forces behind the 2017 “yes” campaign for same-sex “marriage” are already attacking the Government’s intent (imperfect though we might consider it).

  3. Labor still doesn’t seem to have realised that it lost the federal election and has no mandate to oppose protections for people of faith. Their official pronouncements have been cagey, but we shouldn’t kid ourselves about the challenge of getting the Opposition (and elements of the crossbench) to support meaningful legislation.
The Government is proposing not one, but three separate bills. Combined with accompanying explanatory documents, there are hundreds of pages to read.

Given they were only released yesterday, we’re still working on it! But we can already share a few serious concerns with you:

  • As the Government’s own documents state, the legislation “will not create a positive right to freedom of religion”.
  • The Australian Human Rights Commission’s scope will significantly increase to cover religion.
  • Far, far too much is left to unelected courts to decide, rather than our parliament.
We’ll be sharing more soon, but if you can’t wait and would like to read for yourself, the three proposed bills and related papers can all be found at this link: https://www.ag.gov.au/Consultations/Pages/religious-freedom-bills.aspx

Thank you so much for your support.

Best wishes,

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Damian Wyld
Director
Australian Family Coalition


P.S. Please don’t forget the need to take part in our Western Australian campaign. Regardless of where you live, this is an issue that affects ALL Australians. Here’s the link again:
https://www.austfamily.com.au/stop_wa_euthanasia


P.P.S. Speaking of faith, if you’re the praying type please sign up for our fortnightly prayer list. It’s due out this weekend and you can receive it by clicking here:
https://www.austfamily.com.au/prayer_list

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Dear ......

Last week’s revelation of three Federal Government bills on religious discrimination has led to a great deal of chatter – and, indeed, concern.

Curiously enough, not all of it comes from those concerned about defending our freedoms. Those who would seek to wind back our freedoms have also been noisy.

Our Director, Damian Wyld, was interviewed on Vision Christian Radio this week – in response to allegations that religious freedom is a merely “Trojan horse for hate”.

Damian was asked whether we could negotiate with the “other side”. Here’s some of what he had to share.

In terms of negotiating – and dare I use words like compromising – it’s really a question of who we’re talking to.
Because if you’re talking to the average secular person, the average person on the street, I think they’re by and large very happy to let Christians and other people just go about their lives. They don’t see a problem, they don’t mind.
We really saw that with the Israel Folau case. It really brought it home for people who may not understand his beliefs, may not agree with them. But he was just a bloke who expressed some thoughts online and lost his job over it. Most people would say: “that’s not right”.

But the sort of people you’re referring to, Neil, the people talking about the “Trojan horse of hate”, I really question whether they’ll ever be happy.
I think those same forces were at work in the 2017 marriage debate as are at work now – and they won’t be happy until pretty much all of these “rights and privileges”, as they are wont to call them, have been stripped away.
But, really, what Christians are looking for in this debate is not anything special. They’re not looking for any particular privileges and rights that would be denied to others.
They’re just looking to be allowed to continue to live their lives the way they always have, to send their children to school, to run their charities and not-for-profits, to do that good work in the community in freedom, which is what they’ve always enjoyed to this point.
We’ve known for some time that a parliamentary debate on freedom was looming.

That’s why, a few months ago, we launched our Freedom Declaration.

A similar document last year attracted over 14,000 signatures in a short space of time and was presented on our behalf to Attorney-General Christian Porter by Senator David Fawcett.

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We’ve already exceeded that number with the new Freedom Declaration – in fact, we’re almost at 20,000 – but we need your help to swell the numbers much higher in coming weeks.

We’ve waited this long for the Government to act – so now it’s crucial that we get it right.

If you’ve yet to add your name to the Freedom Declaration, please CLICK HERE.
And if you’ve already signed it, you can still help by sharing this link far and wide:

https://www.austfamily.com.au/freedom_declaration

With your help, we can let MPs and others know just how much this issue means to us.

As Senator Fawcett told AFC supporters when he met with the Attorney-General:

The preservation of religious freedom in this country is essential if we are to continue to be a free, plural democracy. Our freedoms, especially those of religion and belief, are worth fighting for.
As always, we’re grateful for your support.

Kind regards,

The Australian Family Coalition team



P.S. You can listen to Damian Wyld’s full interview on Vision Christian Radio here:
https://getmediapoint.com/document/episode/podcast/MDAwMTQ5MDAwOS5tcDM.mp3

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Dear.......

Religious freedom has yet to hit our federal parliament again, but the debate keeps brewing...

Apparently, independent Senator Jacqui Lambie doesn’t think there’s a problem. Being a Tasmanian, we’re not quite sure how she missed the case of Archbishop Julian Porteous – a leader hauled before an “equal opportunity” tribunal simply for expressing Christian teaching on marriage.

Lambie told media this week that, aside from there being no issue, Tasmanians “don’t really want [their local law] changed” and would be “upset” at any federal law overriding theirs.

Unsurprisingly, she has been praised by LGBT activists.

On the upside, however, AFC’s Freedom Declaration has gained over 1000 extra signatories since last week’s regular email and has flown past the 20,000 mark!

You can help us maintain the momentum by signing and/or sharing this crucially important campaign. If our senators and MPs don’t see that there’s a problem, we clearly have more work to do.

Here’s the link: https://www.austfamily.com.au/freedom_declaration


Meanwhile, two very important campaigns continue to defend human life at both ends of the spectrum.



NSW abortion bill
NSW residents only: please sign and/or share this link to contact your upper house MLCs. It’s absolutely vital to take action NOW. You may not get another chance:

https://www.austfamily.com.au/abortion_nsw
Please also do your utmost to attend this Sunday’s rally in Hyde Park.

The recent unprecedented rally in Martin Place saw an estimated 10,000+ in attendance. With your help, we can build an even stronger voice for the voiceless this weekend!

Sunday, 15 September, 2.30pm
Archibald Fountain, Hyde Park, Sydney

WA assisted suicide bill
All Australians: please sign and/or share this link. Those outside of WA can contact the Premier and Health Minister, while WA residents can contact them as well as their local MP and upper house MLCs.

Here’s the link:
https://www.austfamily.com.au/stop_wa_euthanasia



There really is so much going on at the moment – and we’re doing our best to keep the email traffic down! That’s why, no matter where you live, we sincerely appreciate your help in participating and sharing these campaigns.

With your help, we can work for an Australia that respects freedom and the dignity of human life.

Kind regards,

The Australian Family Coalition team

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