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Groups Press for Religious Freedom Envoy

posted by nsymmonds

WASHINGTON (RNS) In an open letter sent to President Obama on Tuesday (March 30), 29 human rights groups and faith leaders pressed the president to fill the vacant position of ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom. “The absence of senior level […]

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Author Piper takes Leave to Tackle ‘Sins’

posted by nsymmonds

(RNS) Minnesota megachurch pastor John Piper, a prolific author whose staunch Calvinist views have made him a popular leader in Christian Reformed circles, is taking an eight-month leave of absence to address unspecified “sins” that have “taken a toll” on […]

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Alleged Victim’s Lawyers: Vatican Protected Priest

posted by nsymmonds

MIAMI – Lawyers representing an alleged victim of sex abuse claim the Vatican instructed church officials in Florida to shelter a priest from Cuba who was later accused of pedophilia. Attorney Jessica Arbour, who represents an alleged victim of the […]

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Experts Describe Michigan Militia As a Cult

posted by nsymmonds

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (RNS) When militia expert Jack Kay first ran across a MySpace page for the Michigan-based Hutaree militia six months ago, he thought it was just another group wrapping itself in God and country. But on Monday (March […]

Muslims Probe Growing Islamic Financial Sector

posted by nsymmonds

TORONTO (RNS) Global leaders in Islamic finance are meeting in Toronto Tuesday and Wednesday (March 30-31) to probe the growing but still under-explored world of financial products and services that comply with Shariah, or Islamic law. The Usury-Free Association of […]

Vatican Defends Pope in US Lawsuit

posted by nsymmonds

VATICAN CITY – Dragged deeper than ever before into the clerical sex abuse scandal, the Vatican is launching a legal defense that the church hopes will shield the pope from a lawsuit in Kentucky seeking to have him deposed. In […]

Bishop: Fewer New Church Abuse Cases in Germany

posted by aroan

BERLIN – Two months after Germany’s Roman Catholic Church became embroiled in a sex abuse scandal, the flood of new cases, allegations and complaints has started to ebb, the church’s top investigator said Tuesday. Though the church has not tallied […]

Obamas Mark Passover with Private Seder

posted by aroan

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama plans to mark the start of Passover with a private Seder in the executive mansion. Obama and first lady Michelle Obama invited friends and White House aides to mark the Jewish holiday with a meal […]

Church Reformers Have Second Thoughts on Pope

posted by aroan

(RNS) To many advocates of reform in the Catholic Church, the election of conservative Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as pope in April 2005 was a blow to hopes the Vatican would change positions on gender, sexuality, divorce, and the church hierarchy. […]

S.C. Episcopal Diocese Declares Itself ‘Sovereign’

posted by aroan

(RNS) A South Carolina diocese has declared itself “sovereign” within the Episcopal Church, the latest salvo in a long-running skirmish between the conservative diocese and the denomination. The Diocese of South Carolina, which covers 47 parishes in the eastern and […]

News Analysis: Will the Pope Resign?

posted by mconsoli

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Will Pope Benedict XVI resign? Less than two weeks ago, that question was just a publicity-grabbing ploy by an Irish online bookmaker. Now, following charges that he personally mishandled cases of pedophile priests in Munich and Milwaukee, […]

News Feature: Finding a Shared Date for Easter Falls Flat With Churches

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) Easter usually comes twice to the Kringas household in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.: first with baskets of pastel eggs and a ham baked in the oven, then a week or more later with dark red eggs and lamb roasted on […]

More Health-Conscious Consumers Turn to Kosher Foods

posted by mconsoli

Mar. 24–Matzoh is back on display at the local supermarket, the sign of another high holiday on the Jewish calendar. Grocers know observant and even not-so-active Jews want kosher foods for the two Seder meals that highlight the eight days […]

Creationism Critic Wins Templeton Prize

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) A former Dominican priest and outspoken critic of creationism has won this year’s Templeton Prize — an honor awarded to scholars who study how science and religion intersect. Francisco J. Ayala is a professor of both biology and philosophy […]

Victims’ Group Confronts Vatican Over Abuse

posted by mconsoli

VATICAN CITY (RNS) American victims of clerical sex abuse protested at the Vatican on Thursday (March 25), charging that Pope Benedict XVI had personally mishandled the case of a Wisconsin priest who molested up to 200 deaf boys more than […]

Quebec Moves to Ban Veils for Muslim Women

posted by mconsoli

TORONTO (RNS) The Canadian province of Quebec has introduced unprecedented legislation that would effectively bar Muslim women from receiving or delivering public services while wearing a niqab, or face-covering veil. “Two words: Uncovered face,” Quebec Premier Jean Charest told reporters […]

Vatican Halted Trial for Man Accused by Deaf Boys

posted by mconsoli

VATICAN CITY – Two Wisconsin bishops urged the Vatican office led by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger – now Pope Benedict XVI – to let them conduct a church trial against a priest accused of molesting some 200 deaf boys, but the […]

D.C. Churches Torn on Defying Gay Marriage Rules

posted by mconsoli

WASHINGTON (RNS) In this city, the Rev. Mary Kay Totty can now marry same-sex couples. But in the United Methodist Church, the denomination that ordained Totty two decades ago, that act could get her defrocked. Totty, 46, said she’s willing […]

Survey Detects Church Support for Immigration Reform

posted by mconsoli

WASHINGTON (RNS) A new survey detected broad support among religious groups for comprehensive immigration reform, rebutting a December survey showing most religious communities want to send illegal immigrants home. According to the new study, released Tuesday (March 23) by the […]

Religious Leaders Pledge to Combat ‘Stigma’ of HIV/AIDS

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) Religious leaders from around the world pledged at a meeting in The Netherlands to work to eliminate the stigma and discrimination of those living with HIV/AIDS. “Religious leaders can play a vital role in the AIDS response,” said Michael […]

Irish Bishop Resigns, Apologizes to Abuse Victims

posted by mconsoli

DUBLIN – Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation Wednesday of Bishop John Magee, a former papal aide who stands accused of endangering children by failing to follow the Irish church’s own rules on reporting suspected pedophile priests to police. Magee […]

Religious Groups Pledge to End AIDS Stigma

posted by mconsoli

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – Religious groups from around the globe pledged Tuesday to prevent the stigmatization of people living with HIV and AIDS, in a joint statement welcomed by a senior U.N. official as a sea change in attitudes. Representatives […]

Mobile Devices Take Passover Into the 21st Century

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) Preparing for Passover? There’s an app for that. Several, actually. Jewish technophiles have created a host of online and iPhone applications that put a modern spin on the traditional Seder meals, storytelling and singing associated with the weeklong celebration […]

Pope Says Church Law Could Have, Should Have, Handled Abuse

posted by mconsoli

VATICAN CITY (RNS) In an open letter on the clergy sex abuse crisis roiling the Catholic Church in Ireland, Pope Benedict XVI cited the chronic failure of church leaders to enforce the church’s own law as a principal cause. Irish […]

Clergy, White House Strategize on Immigration Reform

posted by mconsoli

WASHINGTON (RNS) On the heels of a rally on the National Mall by immigration reform advocates, religious leaders met at the White House on Monday (March 22) to plot strategy despite a packed election-year political calendar. The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, […]

1st Sikh in Decades to Wrap Up Army Officer School

posted by mconsoli

SAN ANTONIO – A dentist will become the first adherent of the Sikh (seek) faith to graduate from U.S. Army basic training in more than two decades. Capt. Tejdeep Singh Rattan (teej-DEEP’ SING RAHT’-tan) was to go through a graduation […]

German Diocese Say 6 Accused Over Abuse

posted by mconsoli

REGENSBURG, Germany – Four priests and two nuns in the Regensburg diocese are under investigation for sexual abuse allegations, the diocese said Monday, as a wider picture began to emerge of incidents decades ago in the pope’s native Bavaria. Diocese […]

Pope Blasts Irish Church, No Vatican Blame in Abuse

posted by aroan

Associated Press – March 20, 2010 VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI rebuked Irish bishops Saturday for “grave errors of judgment” in handling clerical sex abuse and ordered an investigation into the Irish church but did not mention any Vatican […]

Munich Diocese Faces “Tsunami” of Abuse Claims

posted by mconsoli

MUNICH – Pope Benedict XVI’s former diocese is facing new allegations of physical and sexual abuse on a daily basis, the head of its new sex-abuse task force said Friday. “It is like a tsunami,” Elke Huemmeler, who leads the […]

Group Seeks to Restore Hinduism as Nepal’s State Religion

posted by mconsoli

KATHMANDU, Nepal (RNS/ENI) Once the only Hindu kingdom in the world, Nepal was declared a secular state by its parliament in 2006 and the monarchy was abolished two years later. Now, with a new constitution due in May, Hindu groups […]

Islamic Scholar Named Egypt’s New Top Cleric

posted by mconsoli

CAIRO – Egypt’s state news agency says a moderate, Western-educated Islamic scholar has been named the country’s new top cleric. The Middle East News Agency said Friday that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak appointed Ahmed el-Tayeb the new grand sheik of […]

Second Openly Gay Bishop OK’d for Episcopal Church

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) A lesbian priest has been confirmed as an assistant bishop in Los Angeles, making her the Episcopal Church’s second openly gay bishop and potentially widening its breach with Anglicans overseas. A majority of the more than 100 bishops and […]

For Uprooted Yemeni Jews, a New Passover Perspective

posted by mconsoli

MONSEY, N.Y. (RNS) Three thousand years after their enslaved ancestors escaped Egypt, a small band of Jews who fled Yemen last summer have a new perspective on the Passover story, along with everything else in their uprooted lives. Aided by […]

Clinton Calls Israel Rift a Challenge

posted by mconsoli

MOSCOW – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has described a rift with Israel over a Jerusalem construction project as a challenge, avoiding criticism of Tel Aviv. Clinton on Thursday called for a relaunch of negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis […]

Bavarian Bishops Pray for Abuse Victims

posted by mconsoli

BAD STAFFELSTEIN, Germany – A prominent archbishop called Thursday for justice for sexual abuse victims in Germany’s Roman Catholic Church, saying they need to feel they can finally speak openly about their suffering. Reinhard Marx, the archbishop of Munich and […]

Irish Cardinal Apologizes for Role in Abuse Scandal

posted by mconsoli

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Facing calls for his resignation, the senior prelate of the Catholic Church in Ireland apologized Wednesday (March 17) for his role in dealing with a sexually abusive priest in 1975. Cardinal Sean Brady said he was “ashamed” […]

Christian Doctors’ Group Wants Blood Donation Rules to Stay

posted by mconsoli

WASHINGTON (RNS) The CEO of the Christian Medical Association says the national ban on gay men making blood donations should be kept in place, despite calls from at least 18 senators for the Food and Drug Administration to drop the […]

Bush Most ‘Surprised’ by Prayers of Americans

posted by mconsoli

LAKELAND, Fla. (RNS) The thing that most surprised former President George W. Bush was not international crises like the 9/11 terrorist attacks, nor the resilience of the Iraqi insurgency, but rather the impact of prayers from the American people, he […]

Catholic Bishops, Hospitals Split On Health Care

posted by mconsoli

WASHINGTON (RNS) In a break with Catholic hospital administrators, the nation’s top Catholic bishop says the health care reform bill “must be opposed” because it does not adequately ban federal funding of abortion. “The American people and the Catholic bishops […]

Pope’s Handling of Abuse Cases Comes Under Scrutiny

posted by mconsoli

By FRANCIS X. ROCCA (RNS) When the Archdiocese of Munich admitted last Friday (March 12) to “serious errors” in the case of a priest suspected of molesting a child, it flatly exonerated the man who had served as archbishop at […]

Salvation Army Reports Record Donations Despite Sour Economy

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) Nickels, dimes and quarters added up quickly last Christmas despite the economic slump as Americans donated a record $139 million to the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign. “America is an incredibly generous nation and philanthropy is alive and well, […]

Churches Face Uphill Fight on Immigration Reform

posted by mconsoli

WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious leaders hope to bring tens of thousands of activists to Capitol Hill next week to push Congress to act on immigration reform, but at least one study shows they may have to convince the pews before they […]

Workers Must Vow Not to Break Church ‘Principles or Tenets’

posted by mconsoli

WASHINGTON (RNS) Catholic Charities of Washington has added language to a hiring letter for new employees explicitly requiring that they “not violate the principles or tenets of the Catholic faith.” Employees of the Archdiocese of Washington’s social service arm “are […]

Survey: Less than Half Link Easter to the Resurrection

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) While most Americans describe Easter as a religious holiday, less than half of U.S. adults surveyed link it specifically to the Resurrection of Jesus, a Barna Group study shows. Seven in 10 respondents mentioned religion or spirituality in their […]

News Feature: Bhutan’s Buddhists Keep Eye on ‘Gross National Happiness’

posted by mconsoli

THIMPHU, Bhutan (RNS) The Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan is the only nation that puts happiness at the core of public policy. But its thrust on a “Gross National Happiness”(GNH) index is not just a warm-and-fuzzy inheritance from Buddhism, but also […]

Pope to be ‘Clear and Decisive’ in Irish Letter

posted by mconsoli

VATICAN CITY – A top Vatican official says Pope Benedict XVI will speak with a “clear and decisive voice” when he addresses clerical sex abuses in Ireland in a forthcoming letter. Benedict is expected to release his letter soon in […]

State Dept. Highlights Religious Freedom Violations

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) The State Department issued its annual human rights report Thursday (March 11), noting religious freedom violations in countries ranging from China to Iraq to Saudi Arabia. The report on 194 countries called 2009 “a year in which ethnic, racial, […]

Pledge Is Constitutional, Federal Court Rules

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) The Pledge of Allegiance, with its inclusion of the words “under God,” is constitutional, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday (March 11), reversing a previous ruling. The 2-1 ruling answers a challenge by California atheist Michael Newdow, who […]

Abuse Scandal Hits Home for Pope

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) The Catholic Church in Europe’s widening sexual abuse scandal hit home for Pope Benedict XVI on Friday, as his former archdiocese admitted to making “serious errors” in the case of a priest suspected of molesting a child. Benedict discussed […]

Dalai Lama: China Aims to Annihilate Buddhism

posted by mconsoli

DHARMSALA, India – The Dalai Lama lashed out at China on Wednesday, accusing it of trying to “annihilate Buddhism” in Tibet and rebuffing all his efforts to reach a compromise over the disputed Himalayan region. China shot back, accusing the […]

Lutheran Bishops Prepare to Welcome Gay Clergy

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) Bishops in the nation’s largest Lutheran denomination have approved preliminary steps to welcome a group of openly gay and lesbian ministers as official clergy with new liturgical rites. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Conference of Bishops approved a […]

Pakistani Churches Condemn Killings at World Vision Office

posted by mconsoli

BANGALORE, India (RNS/ENI) Churches in Pakistan have deplored the killing of six World Vision staff members as the international Christian humanitarian organization suspended its operations in the country. “All of World Vision’s operations in the country have been suspended for […]

Biden Implores Israel, Palestinians to Make Peace

posted by mconsoli

TEL AVIV, Israel – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday implored Israelis and Palestinians to move beyond a diplomatic spat that has marred his trip to the region, urging the sides to waste no time in resolving their decades-old […]

Lesbian Bishop-Elect Clears Crucial Hurdle

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) A majority of dioceses in the Episcopal Church have confirmed the election of an open lesbian as a bishop in Los Angeles, bringing Bishop-elect Mary Glasspool one step closer to consecration. The Diocese of Los Angeles, where Glasspool was […]

Irish Police Arrest Seven in Plot to Kill Swedish Cartoonist

posted by mconsoli

LONDON (RNS) Police in Ireland say they have arrested seven suspects in an alleged plot to murder a Swedish cartoonist for depicting Islam’s Prophet Muhammad with the body of a dog. Drawings by Lars Vilks triggered widespread anger by Muslims […]

German Catholics to Investigate Abuse Charges

posted by mconsoli

BERLIN – Catholic authorities in Germany announced two major abuse investigations Wednesday – one into the renowned choir once led by Pope Benedict XVI’s brother and another more general look into what everyone, including the pope, knew about the sexual […]

Reform Rabbis Shift to Acceptance on Intermarriage

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) In a major shift, Reform rabbis have publicly acknowledged intermarriage as a “given” that calls for increased outreach and understanding, rather than a threat to Jewish identity that must be resisted at all costs. The Central Conference of American […]

Pope’s Brother Admits Striking Students, Denies Knowledge of Abuse

posted by mconsoli

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The elder brother of Pope Benedict XVI admitted striking members of the German boys’ choir that he led for three decades, but denied knowing that some of the boys were victims of clerical sex abuse. “I must […]

Supreme Court to Weigh Limits of Kansas Church’s Hate Speech

posted by mconsoli

WASHINGTON (RNS) The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Monday (March 8) to decide whether the father of a fallen soldier can sue religious protesters for picketing at his son’s funeral with signs that read “Thank God for dead soldiers.” The […]

Bishops of Hiroshima, Nagasaki Seek Nuclear Ban

posted by mconsoli

TOKYO (RNS/ENI) The Roman Catholic bishops of Hiroshima and Nagasaki — the only cities in the world that were leveled by atomic bombs — are urging world leaders to abolish nuclear weapons. Nagasaki Archbishop Joseph Mitsuaki Takami and Hiroshima Bishop […]

Ore. Parents Get 16 Months in Son’s Faith-Healing Death

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) A judge sentenced two Oregon parents to 16 months in prison on Monday (March 8), calling their decision to not seek medical care for their 16-year-old son a “crime that was a product of an unwillingness to respect the […]

Pope to Meet Top German Bishop to Address Abuse

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) Pope Benedict XVI will meet with the head of Germany’s Catholic bishops on Friday (March 12) to discuss allegations of widespread sexual abuse of children in the pope’s homeland. Archbishop Robert Zollitsch of Freiburg, president of the German bishops’ […]

Pope’s Brother’s Choir Faces Abuse Claims

posted by mconsoli

BERLIN – An ever-widening sexual abuse scandal involving Germany’s Roman Catholic Church spilled into the heart of Pope Benedict XVI’s homeland Friday when a former member of a boy’s choir led for 30 years by his brother claimed he was […]

Abortion Coverage Dispute Divides House Democrats

posted by mconsoli

WASHINGTON – On the other side of the obstacle course that President Barack Obama must clear to get his health care overhaul, a final trapdoor is lurking: the divisive politics of abortion. The issue pits House Democrats against each other […]

Dutch Anti-Islam Politician Creates Stir in UK

posted by mconsoli

LONDON – Dutch anti-Islam maverick Geert Wilders took his cinematic assault on the Quran to Britain’s House of Lords on Friday, sparking heated debate inside the chamber and angry protests outside. The invitation to London, and Wilders’ stunning political gains […]

Christians, Muslims Agree to Pursue Peace

posted by mconsoli

WASHINGTON (RNS) Christian and Muslim leaders from the U.S., the Vatican and the Middle East have issued a “plan of action” to address religious freedom and peace-building after a three-day summit at Washington National Cathedral. The group’s two-page statement committed […]

Atheist Group Offers Porn in Exchange for Sacred Texts

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) The sign on the campus of the University of Tex-San Antonio was bound to get attention: “Trade in holy text 4 porn.” The annual event sponsored by the Atheist Agenda student group, “Smut for Smut,” sparked enough protest and […]

D.C. Bishop OKs Civil Marriages for Gay Couples

posted by mconsoli

WASHINGTON (RNS) One day after the District of Columbia legalized gay marriage, the city’s Episcopal bishop said priests may preside over and bless same-sex civil marriages, but cannot use the denomination’s marriage rites. “We are of equal value in the […]

Muslim Scholar Issues “Fatwa” Against Al-Qaeda Terrorism

posted by mconsoli

London (dpa) – An influential Muslim scholar with a large following in Britain Tuesday issued a fatwa – or Islamic religious ruling – which condemned global terrorism and branded suicide bombers as the “heroes of hellfire.” The proclamation by Pakistan-born […]

Allegations of False Testimony in 2007 Trial of Polygamous Sect Leader Surface

posted by mconsoli

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an allegation of dishonest testimony about medical records of the state’s key witness during the 2007 criminal trial of FLDS polygamous sect prophet Warren S. Jeffs. According to a sheriff’s report, the investigation […]

Jews, Muslims Worry Body Scanners Violate Religious Laws

posted by mconsoli

By OMAR SACIRBEY (RNS) Canadian lawyer Kerry Gearin is planning to fly to Washington, D.C., this summer for a conference on Islamic family law, but the full-body scanners being deployed in some U.S. airports make her wonder if she’ll be […]

Are Atheists and Liberals Smarter?

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) Are people with high IQs more likely to be liberal, atheist and monogamous? They are, according to a recently published paper by Satoshi Kanazawa, an evolutionary psychologist from the London School of Economics and Political Science. In a controversial […]

Faith-Based Alliance Seeks Health Care for Working Poor

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) Noemi Rasgado and Antoinette Hamilton are in the same boat. Both are sick and both work. But neither makes enough to afford health insurance, forcing them to go without health care as the clock ticks down toward an emergency. […]

For Traveling Jews, No More Wandering Alone in the Wilderness

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) Andre Ufferfilge figures he probably could have found a couch to crash on in Israel through friends of friends, but he instead found a home-cooked kosher meal and acceptance for his traditional Jewish lifestyle. Before he left his university […]

D.C. Catholic Charities Drops Spousal Benefits in Gay Marriage Dispute

posted by mconsoli

WASHINGTON (RNS) The Archdiocese of Washington’s social service branch will stop offering benefits to spouses of new employees in a bid to balance the District of Columbia’s new same-sex marriage law with Catholic opposition to homosexuality. Edward Orzechowski, president and […]

Interfaith Group Urges Renewed Attention on Sudan

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) Interfaith leaders urged Congress on Tuesday (March 2) to refocus attention on Sudan as the troubled nation in eastern Africa faces a “critical juncture” after being torn by years of conflict. As the attention of the public and Congress […]

Judge Urges Counseling for Parents of Teen Convert

posted by mconsoli

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A judge urged an Ohio couple to stick with counseling toward a reconciliation with their teenage daughter, who ran away to Florida last year claiming she would be harmed for converting from Islam to Christianity. Rifqa Bary’s […]

Pope: I Pray for Chile Quake Victims

posted by mconsoli

VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday urged the survivors of Chile’s devastating quake to be courageous and asked the Catholic church to play a role in relief efforts. The pontiff, speaking first in Italian and then in Spanish, […]

Nation of Islam Leader Says Chile’s Earthquake Signal of ‘What’s Coming’ to America

posted by mconsoli

CHICAGO – Calling this weekend’s earthquake in Chile a divine precursor to his planned speech, controversial Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan predicted on Sunday that America will face its own imminent disaster and must prepare. Delivering a message […]

White House Faith-Based Council Adopts Recommendations

posted by mconsoli

WASHINGTON (RNS) After a year’s work, a White House advisory council on faith-based programs adopted dozens of recommendations on Friday (Feb. 26) on everything from church-state separation to fighting poverty and promoting fatherhood. The 25-member advisory council also called for […]

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