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St Vincent de Paul MIGRANTS AND ASYLUM SEEKERS

17 Sep 2018

Australians are fortunate enough to be a wealthy country, with the ability to welcome many of the people who seek safety here, and in turn we benefit enormously from their skills, perspectives and experiences.

Child abuse and the church, media and police

14 Sep 2018

On Thursday, the Rockhampton Morning Bulletin assassinated the public reputations of these deceased priests. I was on the phone immediately to the Morning Bulletin chief reporter Christine McKee.

St Patrick's Ministry to the Gaol

13 Sep 2018

Reflection offered today to those Gathered to hear the Word of God, Pray and Receive Holy Communion from the Catechist and Minister of Holy Communion

Child Protection Sunday 2018

08 Sep 2018

LETTER OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS TO THE PEOPLE OF GOD - “If one member suffers, all suffer together with it” (1 Cor 12:26)

Reflections on the Eucharist

06 Sep 2018

If baptism is the great sacrament that brings us to life in Christ, the Mass or the Eucharist is the beating, living heart of the Church, from which that life is nourished, refreshed and renewed each day.

Top legal minds take Church law into their own hands

03 Sep 2018

Some of the Church’s top legal minds will gather in Adelaide today to hear from Vatican representatives and local canon lawyers at the Canon Law Society of Australia and New Zealand’s annual conference Source: The Southern Cross.

The difference that dad makes

02 Sep 2018

We all have a father, and almost any man can biologically father a child, but the irreplaceable and unique role of fathers is often little acknowledged.

Bishop Barron: This is Not the Time to Abandon the Church

01 Sep 2018

In his second video message of the week, Bishop Robert Barron on August 30, 2018, addressed the abuse crisis in the Catholic Church, suggesting that while he understands the frustration Catholic feel, this is not the time to leave the Church.

Bishop Barron - Resources - Sexual Abuse Crisis USA

30 Aug 2018

Many people have written to us, asking for resources and commentary from Bishop Barron on the recent sexual abuse scandals involving Archbishop McCarrick, the Pennsylvania grand jury report, and the recent report from Archbishop Viganò.

Bishop Barron's THE MASS

30 Aug 2018

Walk through the Liturgy with Bishop Barron and you'll be transformed through insights on this most privileged and intimate encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ.

Feast of St Augustine

28 Aug 2018

Lord God, renew your Church   with the Spirit of wisdom and love   which you gave so fully to Saint Augustine.

Assisted Suicide

28 Aug 2018

Message from Most Rev Timothy Costelloe SDB Archbishop of Perth - Assisted Suicide

Signum Fidei numbers triple

24 Aug 2018

An Australian Catholic University program designed to improve faith formation in future Catholic school teachers has gone from 180 to more than 700 participants in just 18 months.

Pope Francis Letter to the People of God

20 Aug 2018

Pope Francis has responded to new reports of clerical sexual abuse and the ecclesial cover-up of abuse. In an impassioned letter addressed to the whole People of God.

Catholic Schools Drought Relief Fund

16 Aug 2018

The Catholic Schools Office (Diocese of Armidale) has set aside a $200,000 Drought School Fee Relief Fund to support schools needing to offer fee relief to parents affected directly and indirectly by the drought in our school communities.

Jordan Peterson, Noah and the Flood

13 Aug 2018

Having previously looked at his understanding of Adam and Eve as well as Cain and Abel, we turn now to Jordan Peterson’s interpretation of the story of Noah and the Flood.

VOCATIONS SUNDAY 2018

05 Aug 2018

MESSAGE OF St JOHN PAUL II FOR THE XXX WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS 1992 8th September

St Ignatius of Loyola Day

31 Jul 2018

Ignatius (or Iñigo) was born in Loyola in the Spanish Basque country. During a long convalescence he read a life of Christ and a collection of lives of the saints, and discovered that his true vocation was to devote his life wholly to God.

Song calls us to Listen

25 Jul 2018

Singer/songwriter Peter Pellicaan said the song "invites people to listen to God, but also to reflect and ponder on what it would mean for the Church to look like Jesus".

Krista Tippet On Being

24 Jul 2018

Have you heard of Krista Tippet ? A mate in Melbourne just told me about her .... she looks to be really something.... here's a treat !!!

In defence of Christianity

23 Jul 2018

‘I think of religion as a mystery. Just as poetry is that which cannot be translated, faith is in many ways that which cannot be explained’ - Malcolm Turnbull

CathNews

19 Jul 2018

Catholic News: A Service of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

Bishops meet with PM over Schools Funding

09 Jul 2018

Malcolm Turnbull will meet the Church’s national leadership to discuss the Government's education funding policy and attempt to repair political damage ahead of the federal election. Source: The Australian.

The Sacramentality of Tim - Church Life Journal

05 Jul 2018

“Time is precious.” “My time is valuable.” “Time is money.” “Do you have any free time?” We have commodified time. We “spend time,” “save time,” “make time,” “waste time,” “kill time.”

ACBC - Statement on the Sentencing of Archbishop Wilson

03 Jul 2018

The Catholic bishops of Australia acknowledge that the effects of sexual abuse can last a lifetime, but we hope that today’s custodial sentence brings some sense of peace and healing to those abused by deceased priest James Fletcher.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

03 Jul 2018

St. Gregory of Nyssa asked a pertinent question, "What then must we do, we who have been found worthy of the name of Christ?"

Solemnity of Ss Peter and Paul

29 Jun 2018

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. ‘They were both apostles of Christ who sacrificed their lives to the same persecution..

Spiritual Direction Making time in Trying times

26 Jun 2018

How can we make our Christianity more real, more practical, more seeable, more transformative? Spiritual direction has an accountability factor that allows for this like few other things.

Some times the Pope just can't help being Pope

25 Jun 2018

Therein, perhaps, lies an important lesson for critics of papal imperialism: Sure, the system may need to be reformed - but if we didn’t have something like a pope, we’d probably have to invent it.

Our Children Might Return to Church

23 Jun 2018

It is no surprise that the children of the Church are growing up and growing out of Church. What is surprising is that they are not returning.

Hello Catholics

21 Jun 2018

Do you need something stimulating on this “cool” day……

Prayer of St Anselm

20 Jun 2018

O merciful God, fill our hearts, we pray, with the graces of your Holy Spirit; with love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self- control.

The SACRED HEART OF JESUS

08 Jun 2018

James Hanvey SJ explains why the devotion to the Sacred Heart will always be central to the life of the Church and why it is the foundation of our intimacy with Christ. AND MORE.......

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

08 Jun 2018

"In the heart of the world is the broken heart of God and in the heart of God is the brokenness of humanity" (Karl Rahner).

SOLEMNITY of the SACRED HEART

08 Jun 2018

All around the world today Believing Catholics are flocking to Holy Mass to celebrate this great Solemnity of the Sacred Heart

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

07 Jun 2018

"To Timothy my beloved child: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord" (2 Timothy 1:2).

Bishop Kennedy' Letter - Plenary Council 2020

03 Jun 2018

This first phase is a year of consultations, open dialogue and listening. These consultations are not intended to develop a “shopping list” of changes people want to see made or to overturn the teachings of the Church.

Plenary-Council-Listening-and-Dialogue-Adult

03 Jun 2018

Attached is a 4-step process for a Listening and Dialogue Encounter which you may like to utilise... Parishes (and individuals if they wish) are then invited to make their submission to me at plenarysubmissions@armidale.catholic.org.au

On the road to safeguard children

28 May 2018

Child Protection Standards Limited chief Sheree Limbrick said Catholic School Parents Australia, Catholic Religious Australia council members and vicars-general from dioceses across Australia were briefed last week on the draft standards.

NATIONAL CATHOLIC SAFEGUARDING STANDARDS

28 May 2018

Catholic Professional Standards Ltd is working to have the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards – focusing on children – ratified and ready for roll-out before the end of 2018.

THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD

13 May 2018

Saint Augustine: No one has ever ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven.

Q&A with Archbishop Mark Coleridge

11 May 2018

Earlier this month, Archbishop Mark Coleridge was elected president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. Currently the Archbishop of Brisbane.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

11 May 2018

"Hesed" is a Hebrew word that means the consistent, ever-faithful, extravagant, furious love of the Father. It means mercy.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

30 Apr 2018

St. Augustine's understanding of faith is very revealing. "Faith is believing in things unseen; and the reward for faith is seeing the things we believe".

Pope at Mass:

26 Apr 2018

‘Without love the Church cannot move or grow’

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

26 Apr 2018

"Happy are those who mourn, they shall be comforted". Tom is a good man. He is a guy one can best describe as "good to a fault"

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

19 Apr 2018

Poverty isn't something we crave for nor wish for one another. We often pray that God should deliver us from poverty.

CathNews Daily

16 Apr 2018

New report finds one in five Aussie kids goes hungry

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

10 Apr 2018

It is very easy to be merciful to others, to see more than their failings and weaknesses. But it is hard to be merciful to oneself.

Daily Capsule- Fr Francis Afu

03 Apr 2018

At the heart of Easter is Hope. It is the Hope that is built on the Father's promise... "I will be your God". In Egypt, He was their God.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

02 Apr 2018

When we hear stories of evil or when we see evil, we want to nip it in the bud. We want to stop evil, to stop corruption. We want to stop killings.

Bishop Barron on Jordan Peterson

20 Mar 2018

"Like many others, I have watched the Jordan Peterson phenomenon unfold with a certain fascination" thoughts from Bishop Barron

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

16 Mar 2018

Life is full of possibilities. We can be any thing we want to be, if we are ready to die to who we have always been.

Pope Francis Message for LENT 2018

11 Mar 2018

Once again, the Pasch of the Lord draws near! In our preparation for Easter, God in his providence offers us each year the season of Lent as a “sacramental sign of our conversion”.[

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

06 Mar 2018

There is so much we can learn from nature, and nature has a way of skilling us and making us grow and become the best.

Daily Capsule - Fr francis Afu

05 Mar 2018

Dogs bark at people they don't know. Sometimes, when people bark at you or attack you, it may be that they don't know you.

Discernment in the New Testament

05 Mar 2018

The writings of Ignatius of Loyola are not the only texts to which we can turn as we seek to understand and practise discernment.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

04 Mar 2018

Temple for the Jews is where God dwells. It is also where man meets God. It is a place where the covenant is ratified:

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

26 Feb 2018

Mountain is a common Biblical word. Literarily, it demands climbing. It means to leave the plains and climb the heights.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

19 Feb 2018

Mark 1:12 is a very dramatic text. "The Spirit", the text says, "immediately drove Him (Jesus) into the wilderness"

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

18 Feb 2018

"Behold, this child (Christ) is destined for the fall and the rise of many in Israel and to be a sign of contradiction" (Luke 2:34).

Days of Fasting & Reparation Lent 2018

07 Feb 2018

Australian Catholic Bishop's Conference: A MESSAGE TO THE CATHOLIC COMMUNITY AT THE BEGINNING OF LENT: Days of fasting and reparation in sorrow for child sexual abuse and for the healing of victims – February 14-17, 2018

Days of Fasting & Reparation Lent 2018

07 Feb 2018

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference: A MESSAGE TO THE CATHOLIC COMMUNITY AT THE BEGINNING OF LENT: Days of fasting and reparation in sorrow for child sexual abuse and for the healing of victims – February 14-17, 2018

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

12 Jan 2018

Every detail in Scripture is very important. In Mark 1:35-39, we meet Jesus, the Man who rose early in the morning to pray.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

10 Jan 2018

I Samuel 4:1-11 leaves us with many questions. The Israelites were "the chosen people of God", the Philistines were not.

New Year Greetings 2018

31 Dec 2017

Every Blessing for the New Year 2018 & Every Best Wish for you, your families, friends and neighbours

Pope Francis Homily - Christmas Eve....

27 Dec 2017

‘Let us enter into the real Nativity … Then, in Jesus we will enjoy the flavor of the true spirit of Christmas: the beauty of being loved by God’

Well I made it !!!

21 Dec 2017

Today 60 years ago Dr Carey was ordained a Priest of Jesus Christ - it is the Diamond Jubilee Day

The Reason for the Season

15 Dec 2017

Taking Christ out of Christmas makes the holiday literally meaningless - James Schall SJ | Dec 12 2017

Pope Francis: On Why Go to Sunday Mass ?

14 Dec 2017

We Christians go to Mass on Sunday to encounter the Risen Lord, or, better, to let ourselves be encountered by Him, to listen to His word, to eat at His table, and thus become Church, that is, His living Mystical Body in the world today.

ADVENT MESSAGE WEEK ONE

09 Dec 2017

The First Sunday of Advent symbolises Hope with the “Prophet’s candle” reminding us that Jesus is coming

St Ambrose Day

07 Dec 2017

Ambrose was a key figure in the conversion of St Augustine to Catholicism.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

20 Nov 2017

We live in a world that craves for peace. A world that wants peace but would have nothing to do with the Prince of Peace.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

14 Nov 2017

When life throws stuff at us, or when we do or say something we aren't sure of, we tend to conclude it is the will of God.

ALL SAINTS DAY - A HOMILY - Fr Mark Link sj

01 Nov 2017

[The Beatitudes give us a list of qualities Christ wishes to see in his followers, qualities which were exemplified in his own life. A mere glance at them will convince us that they are a complete reversal of conventional standards and values]

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

23 Oct 2017

Why was Jesus very particular about whose image and inscription was on the coin in Matthew 22:15-21? The answer is simple.

Tell us how you get your Catholic News.

20 Oct 2017

If you regularly or semi-regularly consume Catholic media, whether that be traditional newspapers, magazines or web-based publications and social media platforms

St Luke - FEAST

18 Oct 2017

He was a Greek doctor who converted to Christianity. He was a companion of the Apostle Paul, and wrote his Gospel in accordance with Paul’s teaching.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

13 Oct 2017

When we read Haggai 1:1-2:9, there are three lessons we could draw from the text. The first lesson is the disadvantage of self-preoccupation.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

05 Oct 2017

When we come to the Lord in prayer, let's try to be fully present. Let's turn off our ears from the noise of the world we have left behind and listen to the Word in prayer.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

26 Sep 2017

"So far, I have been able to pray graciously". Those are the words of Edith Stein to her superior while in the concentration camp.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

22 Sep 2017

It is easy for us to focus our attention on people who don't like us and totally forget the majority of people that love and deeply care for us.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

17 Sep 2017

In today's Gospel reading, the question isn't how many times should I forgive my brother, but why should I forgive him.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

15 Sep 2017

Could this be the cycle of hurt? Mr. A is hurt. He reacts, then he is angry that he reacted, then he becomes anxious of his reaction;

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

04 Sep 2017

A websites recommended by our Bishop regarding sourcing reputable information relating to physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

02 Sep 2017

There are those who we can't reason with; those who aren't open to another point of view or for reasons best known to them can't come to "the table"

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

19 Aug 2017

See more! Hear more! Be more! Transcend the obvious, the familiar, the stereotypes and tap into  the unknown, pierce the opaque.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

17 Aug 2017

Humility, coming to terms with earth. Being oneself and knowing oneself for who one truly is. It is the fruit of self-knowledge.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

13 Aug 2017

hen we are confronted with the reality of life, we all react differently. While some of us ignore or deny the reality, others panic and let the reality get hold of them.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

07 Aug 2017

The human mind is like a farmland, and a fertile one indeed. Whatever we sow in it grows and bears fruit in plenty.

8 Reasons to Go to Mass

05 Aug 2017

"If you really thought about who you are, who God is, and how much thanks you owe Him, you would want to go to Mass. The Mass would become the source and center of your spiritual life." - James Stenson

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

05 Aug 2017

As Christians, we are constantly on the battle ground. The battle isn't physical. It is a battle in the mind and in the heart; the battle between good and evil.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

02 Aug 2017

tories could be a healing balm. They have their own way of soothing pain and healing wounds like orthodox medicine.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

31 Jul 2017

In his book, God's answers to Life's Difficult Questions (a must-read), Rick Warren cited an anonymous quote "Christians should never let problems get them down, except down on their knees".

Cardinal Pell appears in Court

29 Jul 2017

Over the past week, leading up the media frenzy over Pell’s brief appearance, the ABC ran article after article defaming Christianity.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

25 Jul 2017

As a priest, it is easy to preach about human suffering and its meaning. It is easy to talk about looking at the bright side of life and staying positive.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

20 Jul 2017

I live in a country where people generally obey the law. One can't just do what he or she likes without facing the consequences of the law.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

18 Jul 2017

Often, I couldn't  figure out what to do or where to go. I was trapped in the closet of uncertainty. It was all dark.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

17 Jul 2017

At the very core of our being, there is a voice that speaks to us; a voice that says this is right and that is wrong.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

16 Jul 2017

Have you ever wondered why you could be telling someone a great story and all of the sudden he or she turns around and asks you "what did you say".

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

14 Jul 2017

"Do not be afraid of going down to Egypt, for I will make you a great nation there. I myself will go down to Egypt with you.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

12 Jul 2017

"Nothing can come between us and the love of Christ", St. Paul said, "even if we are troubled or worried, or being persecuted, or lacking food or clothes, or being threatened or even attacked.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

11 Jul 2017

Day by day, we are confronted with the reality of evil. We suffer untold pain and hurt even from the people we love.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

08 Jul 2017

"Do you believe in miracles?" I was moved to tears when a lady suffering from malignant cancer asked me that question.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

07 Jul 2017

Notice, while the Pharisees saw Matthew as a "plague" to be avoided, Jesus saw him as a "gift of God" that has to be found and treasured as an Apostle.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

06 Jul 2017

Matthew 9: 9-13 reveals the God that found us in Christ Jesus. It describes Matthew as a tax collector and a sinner.

Hello Glen Catholic Families

03 Jul 2017

Hav you subscribed to the CathFamily Weekly yet ? Go Catholic with your Family - be Healthy and of the Lord - Be the Believing Kind !!!

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

01 Jul 2017

"How rich are the depths of God – how deep his wisdom and knowledge – and how impossible to penetrate his motives or understand his methods!

STATEMENT FROM CARDINAL GEORGE PELL

01 Jul 2017

I am looking forward finally to having my day in court. I repeat that I am innocent of these charges. They are false. The whole idea of sexual abuse is abhorrent to me.

Press Communiqué....Cardinal George Pell

29 Jun 2017

The Holy See has learned with regret the news of the charges filed in Australia against Card. George Pell for decades-old actions that have been attributed to him.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

25 Jun 2017

It is very exciting, after a long day's journey, to find out that we have just a few more minutes to our destination.

The "31" Days of St Ignatius

24 Jun 2017

JOIN UP for the second annual 31 Days of St Ignatius – a series of 31 daily messages of Ignatian inspiration and reflection throughout July.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

23 Jun 2017

Ephesians reveals a God that has a Heart - a Heart that feels and a Heart that is moved to reach out, to heal, to care and to redeem us in spite of our sins.

Daily Capsule -= Fr Francis Afu

22 Jun 2017

When our faith in God is weak or when we no longer walk with Him, we are easily drawn to four things: Power, Honour, Wealth and Pleasure.

Laudato Si -- Two years on !!

16 Jun 2017

18 June is the anniversary of the publication in 2015 of Pope Francis' encyclical 'On Care of our Common Home'.

What Catholics Should Know about Islam

14 Jun 2017

Past experience teaches us that, unfortunately, relations between Christians and Muslims have not always been marked by mutual respect and understanding. Benedict XVI

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

08 Jun 2017

It is one thing to fall in love with the Lord, and another to love Him. As people of the covenant, love is our calling.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

07 Jun 2017

Prayer is our life-line. It is the bedrock of our covenant relationship with God. It is the language we speak as children when we come to Our Father.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

06 Jun 2017

Our covenant relationship with God implies we know Him for who He is. And to know the Lord, we have to listen to Him.

Baptised to Be Prophetic

06 Jun 2017

On Pentecost Sunday we hear that, ‘There are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord’.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

04 Jun 2017

Today is Pentecost. For many, today marks the birth of the Church and Her mission. Today, we experience the Holy Spirit setting us free from our fears;

The Touch of God

02 Jun 2017

PENTECOST is upon us ! The imagery and language we use to express the presence and action of the Holy Spirit are always imperfect, often poetic and sometimes jarring.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

02 Jun 2017

In cognitive science, there is a process called emotional reasoning. This process justifies what we feel to be true.

Le Vent de L’Esprit

02 Jun 2017

PENTECOST is coming! ‘The descent of the Spirit reminds us of our essential Trinitarian nature: rooted in Christ we look both to the Father in Heaven as well as to our fellow suffering humans on earth.’

St Justin Martyr's Day +165

01 Jun 2017

In the writings of Justin we have the earliest descriptions of the Rite of Baptism and Holy Eucharist....

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

31 May 2017

Mary's yes to God was indeed a yes to God's will. And God's will is to raise up the lowly and bring down the mighty. Who are the lowly?

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

30 May 2017

The petrol station is an interesting place to spend one's free time. I learned a lot watching cars, trucks drive in and out.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

27 May 2017

Loneliness is a big worry in today's society. With all the social media, groups and networks, we still record an unusual rate of loneliness.

Catholic Lite - European suicide George Weigel

26 May 2017

Europe is systematically depopulating itself in what British historian Niall Ferguson has called “the greatest sustained reduction in European population since the Black Death in the fourteenth century.”

Reflections on the Feast of the Ascension

25 May 2017

The Feast of the Ascension strikes many Christians as the poor relative of the two rather bigger celebrations which top and tail the long and joyful season of Eastertide: Easter itself, and Pentecost.

Media Release NEW FEDERAL FUNDING PLAN

23 May 2017

We are concerned that the Federal Government is launching a new website that will list the Commonwealth funding provided to each school in Australia.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

21 May 2017

"The splendour of truth shines  forth in all the works of God... Truth enlightens man's intellect, shapes his freedom, leading him to know and love the Lord"
Faith doing justice
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