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Catholic Chicago

First and Fourth Monday Monthly: 8 – 9 a.m.
Second and Fourth Thursday Monthly: 8 – 9 a.m.
WNDZ 750 AM

Fr. Greg Sakowicz, rector of Holy Name Cathedral, is the host of this lively discussion program that presents news and information about the Archdiocese of Chicago, while exploring topics of faith from the Catholic perspective. Co-hosting with Fr. Sakowicz are either Mark Teresi, assistant to the rector at Holy Name Cathedral, or Wayne Magdziarz, senior vice president at Loyola University Chicago.

Mayslake Ministries/Christmas Bingo: Summer Edition for the Daughters of St. Paul

Thursday, June 25, 2020
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Dr. Mary Amore talks about what has been happening at Mayslake Ministries during the pandemic. Segment II: Playwright and comedian Vicki Quade, co-creator of Late Night Catechism and head of Nuns for Fun Entertainment, gives news of a special Summer online performance that's available now. A portion of proceeds will go to the Daughters of St. Paul, whose religious bookstore on Michigan Avenue was heavily damaged by looters following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Also participating in this segment is Sr. Tracey Dugas, Director of Pauline Mission Advancement for the Daughters of St. Paul.

Reopening Our Churches/St. Joseph International Sharing Ministry

Monday, June 22, 2020
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Todd Williamson, director of the Office for Divine Worshop, talks about the reopening of our churches for public mass. Segment II: St. Joseph Parish in Libertyville launches a unique way to attend mass without entering a church building. Guests: Deacon Dan Coughlin; Stan Taylor. Segment III: We stay with St. Joseph Parish in Libertyville but shift the conversation to its International Sharing Ministry. Guests: Mary Causey; Deacon Dan Coughlin; Stan Taylor.

Non-Violence Works/The Importance of Exercise

Thursday, June 11, 2020
Host: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Following George Floyd's death and the civil unrest that followed, representatives of Non-Violence Works joined Fr. Greg and Mark to talk about principles and practices of non-violence as a skill. Guests: Philip Bradley; Elfriede Wedam; Larry Campbell. Segment II: The importance of exercise, how to be creative with exercise, and adding a spiritual twist to your exercise routine. Guests: Michele Sotak; Fr. Lou Cameli.

America In Crisis: Struggling to Navigate Both a Pandemic and the Aftermath of the Death of George Floyd

Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Host: Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: Fr. Greg talks with Cardinal Blase Cupich about the Church's response in these disheartening times. Segment II: Fr. Greg welcomes Fr. Matt O'Donnell, pastor of St. Columbanus, to discuss the status of the neighborhood where he ministers. As one of the priests who ministers to COVID-19 patients, Fr. Matt talks about how the pandemic disproportionately affects communities of color.

Fr. Richard Fragomeni

Thursday, May 28, 2020
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Fr. Richard Fragomeni is the Rector of the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, adjunct faculty member in the Department of Religious Studies at DePaul University, and a member of the faculty of Catholic Theological Union. In addition to his teaching duties, he gives presentations around the world on liturgical, sacramental and catechetical topics.

Helping Children and Parents During This Pandemic/Memorial Day Field Masses

Thursday, May 14, 2020
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Author, educator and on-line innovator Kathy DeNicolo talks about what she is doing on-line to help children and parents during this challenging time of the pandemic. Segment II: Fr. Larry Sullivan, Director of Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Chicago, discusses on-line field masses that will be held on Memorial Day. Fr. Larry also talks about protocols that are in place at Catholic Cemeteries during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pandemics, Epidemics and the Church Continued

Monday, May 4, 2020
Host: Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Dr. Edward Gordon is an internationally recognized historian, researcher and author. In today's program Dr. Gordon continues the discussion about the history of the Catholic Church in regards to pandemics and epidemics.

Ministry to Those with COVID-19/Catholic-Muslim Relations

Thursday, April 30, 2020
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Fr. Wayne Watts, Pastor of Sts. Joseph and Francis Xavier in Wilmette, is one of the priests in the Archdiocese of Chicago who has been designated to minister to people and families who have been sickened by COVID-19. Segment II: The holy month of Ramadan and overall Catholic-Muslim relations. Guests: Dan Olsen; Sheikh Hassan Aly.

Virtual May Crowning/COVID-19 and the Church

Monday, April 27, 2020
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Fr. John Kartje, Rector/President of Mundelein Seminary/University of St. Mary of the Lake, talks about the seminary hosting a virtual May Crowning on May 3. Segment II: The Overall Impact of COVID-19 on the Church and our Health Care System. Guests: Fr. William Grogan; Kathy Donahue; James Sifuentes; Dawn Mayer.

Pandemics, Epidemics and the Church

Thursday, April 23, 2020
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Dr. Edward Gordon is an internationally recognized historian, researcher and author. In today's program Dr. Gordon talks about the history of the Catholic Church in regards to pandemics and epidemics.

Mercy Home for Boys and Girls/The Alzheimer's Spouse: Finding the Grace to Keep the Promise

Monday, April 6, 2020
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Mercy Home for Boys and Girls is greatly affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Guest: Mark Schmeltzer. Segment II: Author Mary Doyle talks about her book, The Alzheimer's Spouse: Finding the Grace to Keep the Promise.

Community Organizations During Virus Crisis/Breast Cancer Awareness Book

Monday, March 30, 2020
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Greg Pierce, Publisher of ACTA Publications, talks about what community organizations in Chicagoland are doing about the pandemic. Segment II: Kay Metres, author of the book "After the Fear, Come the Gifts: Breast Cancer's Nine Suprising Blessings" and Brigid Gerace, one of the narrators of the audio book version, talk about the book.

The Latest on the Covid-19 Crisis and How It Affects The Church

Monday, March 23, 2020
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Mary Jane Doerr, director of the Office for the Protection of Children and Youth, talks about how her office is impacted by COVID-19. Segment II: Todd Williamson, Director of the Office for Divine Worship, talks about how worhip is being affected by the virus outbreak. Segment III: Jim Disch, Director of the Radio/TV Office, gives an update on where Catholics can find daily and Sunday masses online.

Polish Catholic Ministry/Talking About Lent

Thursday, March 12, 2020
Host: Mark Teresi. Segment I: Fr. Marek Smolka, head of Chicago Polish Ministry and Cathedral Associate, is in studio to talk about his role as the head of the Chicago Polish Ministry. Segment II: Todd Williamson, Director of the Office for Divine Worship, discusses the season of Lent.

Catholics On Campus/Safeguarding Children

Monday, March 2, 2020
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Amanda Thompson, Director of Catholic Campus Ministry at DePaul University, talks about Catholics on campus. Segment II: Fr. Hans Zollner and Mr. Juan Carlos Cruz talk about safeguarding children in the church. Fr. Zollner is one of the world's leading experts in the area of safeguarding minors. He is the President of the Centre for Child Protection at the Pontifical Gregorian Institute in Rome, a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, and a consultor to the Vatican's Congregation for Clergy. Juan Carlos Cruz is an advocate for victim-survivors and a survivor himself. He influenced the Pope to set the stage for the global Church to move away from thinking that survivors want to destroy the Church, but instead, to partner with victims as they move forward with their lives as Catholics.

Mercy Home for Boys and Girls March for Kids Campaign/Unlocking Communities

Thursday, February 27, 2020
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Mark Schmeltzer, Director of Communications for Mercy Home for Boys and Girls talks about their annual March for Kids Campaign. Segment II: Josh Goralski, Founder and CEO of Unlocking Communities, a social enterprise that puts economic power in the hands of Haitians to create an environment of self-respect and sustainability.

Ash Wednesday and Friday Fish Fries

Monday, February 24, 2020
Host: Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: Lent and Ash Wednesday at St. Peter's Church in the Loop. Guest: Fr. Bob Hutmacher. Segment II: Fish fries and variations on the tradition throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago will begin this Friday. Guests: Mike McGovern; Tom Spratt. Segment III: Brian Brach talks about Lenten Reflections produced by the Archdiocese of Chicago's Radio/TV Office that will be available on the Archdiocese web site as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

Archives/Annual Catholic Appeal

Thursday, February 13, 2020
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Meg Hall, Archdiocese of Chicago Director of Archives and Records Center, talks about the importance of properly taking care of records and documents in a parish. Segment II: A panel of guests talk about the Annual Catholic Appeal 2020. Guests: Elizabeth Anastasia; Brendan Keating; Barbara Shea Collins.

Book Discussions

Monday, February 3, 2020
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Greg Pierce, publisher of ACTA Publications, talks about his soon-to-be-published book, "Reveille for a New Generation - Organizers and Leaders Reflect on Power." Segment II: Author Helen Reichert Lambin discusses her recently published book, "An A-Z Guide to Letting Go."

Big Shoulders Fund Announcement/"The Gathering IX - Men's Day of Renewal"

Thursday, January 30, 2020
Host: Mark Teresi. Segment I: The Archdiocese of Chicago and Big Shoulders Fund have announced that the Big Shoulders Fund will donate $47.5 million and the Archdiocese of Chicago will provide $44.9 million to help ensure the continuing mission of 30 schools over 10 years. The schools, mainly on Chicago's south and west sides, serve 5,600 children, their families and their communities. Guests: Big Shoulders Fund CEO Josh Hale; Catholic Schools Superindendent Dr. Jim Rigg. Segment II: Bob Fallon and Nancy Giani discuss "The Gathering IX - Men's Day of Renewal".

"Labor of Love"/Celebrating Catholic Schools Week

Monday, January 27, 2020
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Mary Seat of Wisdom Parish in Park Ridge is partnering with a priest from Zambia to establish a parish in the harsh wilderness of Africa. A film titled "Labor of Love" documenting this partnership premiered at the Pickwick Theatre in Park Ridge last September. There will be another screening of the documentary at the Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago on Saturday, February 1 at 7 p.m. Guests: Fr. Gerald Gunderson; Fr. Bwezani Wildred Phiri; Kuba Luczkiewicz. Segment II: Catholic Schools Week is celebrated by listening to excerpts from the recent Celebrating Catholic Education Breakfast.

Growing Religious Vocations Throughout the United States

Thursday, January 23, 2020
Host: Mark Teresi. Segment I: Exploring efforts to promote, nourish and grow religious vocations throughout the United States. Guests: Phil Loftus; Patrice Tuohy

International Week of Prayer for Christian Unity/Michael O'Loughlin

Thursday, January 9, 2020
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: The International Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is January 18 to January 25. Guests: Dr. Daniel Olsen; Tom Masters; Rev. John Armstrong. Segment II: Michael O'Loughlin is a national correspondent for America Magazine and the host of the new podcast, "Plague: Untold Stories of AIDS and the Catholic Church." Michael is also author of "The Tweetable Pope: A Spiritual Revolution in 140 Characters".

Annual Year-in-Review Program

Monday, December 30, 2019
Host: Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Annual Year-in-Review program, when we get a chance to visit with leaders of important ministries here in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Christmas Music

Monday, December 23, 2019
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. An hour of Christmas music.

Chicago Shares/Rector's Christmas Concert

Thursday, December 12, 2019
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz, Wayne Magdziarz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Fr. Greg and Wayne talk to Ron Polaniecki and Elizabeth Kohlbeck with Chicago Shares, a not-for-profit that allows people to buy vouchers that can be given to people-in-need that can then be redeemed at participating businesses. Segment II: Fr. Greg and Mark chat with Rich Daniels, Musical Director of the City Lights Orchestra, about a number of holiday projects and performances including the first ever Rector's Christmas Concert at Holy Name Cathedral on Friday, December 13.

The History of the Catholic Church

Monday, December 2, 2019
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Dr. Edward Gordon discusses the history of the Catholic Church through through it's first 1,000 years.

Religious Retirement Fund/Muslim-Christian Relations

Monday, November 25, 2019
Host: Fr. Greg Sakowicz. Segment I: The Religious Retirement Fund collection takes place this year on December 7th and 8th. Guests: Brother Michael Segvich; Sister Mary Ellen Gemmell. Segment II: The state of Muslim-Christian Relations. Guests: Dan Olsen; Daoud Casewit

Religion and Scouting/Renew My Church

Thursday, November 14, 2019
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Religion and Scouting. Guests: Stan Potempa; Brian Brach. Segment II: Renew My Church update. Guests: Cathy Walz; Fr. Jason Malave.

Sr. Stephanie Baliga/Brother Charles Nuwagaba

Monday, November 4, 2019
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Sr. Stephanie Baliga, a Sister belonging to the Franciscans of the Eucharist of Chicago, talks about the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon and the 2020 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle. Both events are great fund-raising events for the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels and now is the time to join Team O-L-A for this coming year. Segment II: Brother Charles Nuwagaba discusses his ministry helping people in need in a slum area of Nairobi. Brother Nuwagaba is currently studying at Loyola University Chicago to receive a master's degree in pastoral care. He is a finalist for the 2019 Opus Prize which awards a one-million-dollar prize to an organization in honor of the winner.

All Saints Day and All Souls Day/Renew My Church

Thursday, October 31, 2019
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Fr. Richard Fragomeni discusses All Saints Day and All Souls Day. Segment II: Fr. Jason Malave talks about the latest developments in the Renew My Church initiative.

Sr. Faustina Kowalska/National Vocation Awareness Week

Monday, October 28, 2019
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: "Love and Mercy: Faustina" is a docudrama that premiers today. The movie is about Sr. Faustina Kowalska and the message of Divine Mercy. Guest: Fr. Kazimierz Chwalek, MIC. Segment II: Sr. Lovina Pammit, OSF, talks about all the activities planned for National Vocation Awareness Week, November 3-9.

History of the Catholic Church

Thursday, October 24, 2019
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Dr. Edward Gordon discusses the history of the Catholic Church through the Renaissance and Reformation.

Non-Violence Works/Play called Conversation with My Molester

Thursday, October 10, 2019
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Non-Violence Works is a non-profit organization that focuses on violence prevention in our homes, neighborhoods and wider community. Guests: Elfreide Wedam; Larry Campbell; Shalini Gupta. Segment II: Several parishes, including Holly Name Cathedral, will be sponsoring a play called Conversation with My Molester. The play will be held at the Cathedral on October 26 and at Old St. Mary's on October 27. Guest: Playwright Michael Mack; Fr. Brad Schoeberle

Faith and Fellowship Ministry/Extraordinary Missionary Month

Monday, October 7, 2019
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Faith and Fellowship is a ministry in which people with a mental illness can experience the love of God along with their sisters and brothers. Guests: Deacon Dan Welter; Connie Rakitan; Deacon Tom Lambert. Segment II: Megan Mio from the Archdiocese of Chicago Mission Office talks about Extraordinary Missionary Month and the upcoming Global Mission Mass and Celebration on Sunday, October 27 at St. Ferdinand Parish

Mass of Remembrance for the Little Ones/HIV/AIDS Awareness

Monday, September 30, 2019
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdziarz. Segment I: A "Mass of Remembrance for the Little Ones" in honor of pregnancy and infant loss is scheduled for Monday, October 14 at 7 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Community in Inverness. Guests: Fr. Rich Jakubik; Kristen Berryhill. Segment II: The reality of HIV/AIDS and it's impact on patients, their families and society in general. Guest: Pat Drott.

The Moving Wall/Lifelong Formation Office

Thursday, September 26, 2019
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi.The Moving Wall is a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. It will be on display along with the "Through the Eyes" traveling museum at Quyeen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside through Monday, September 30. Guest: Fr. Larry Sullivan. Segment II: The Lifelong Formation Office is extremely busy with events and programs coming up including Holy Fire. Guests: Kevin Foy and Chelsea Piper.

Maria Goretti Network

Monday, September 23, 2019
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. The entire hour is devoted to the Maria Goretti Network, a program for survivors of abuse that is being introduced at Holy Name Cathedral. Guests: Miguel Prats; Dr. Christine Lawless; Thomas Tharayil; Dr. Debbie Rodriquez; Michael Hoffman; Deacon Dan Welter.

San Jose Luis Sanchez del Rio Parish/Laudato si Retreat

Thursday, September 12, 2019
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Parishioners of San Jose Luis Sanchez del Rio Parish will gather in Humboldt Park to celebrate the arrival of the statue of Our Lady of San Juan de Los Lagos from Jalisco, Mexico. Guest: Fr. Gary Graf. Segment II: Brian Leonard talks to our hosts about an upcoming retreat at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake that is based on Pope Francis' encyclical, Laudato si, on Care of God's Creation.

Catholic Schools Conversation/Renew My Church: Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish

Thursday, August 29, 2019
Host: Mark Teresi. Segment I: The Office of Catholic Schools has created a new position to fill the escalating need for social-emotional support. The new Director of Social-Emotional Learning is Yesenia Maldonado. Segment II: St. Barbara Parish and St. Therese Chinese Catholic Parish are joining under the Renew My Church initiative into a single parish, Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish. Guests: Fr. Francis Li; Jim Bertucci; Phil Whitehouse; Darlene Chan; Perry Lau; George Lee

The World Day of Prayer for the Care opf Creation/The Search for Historical Jesus

Monday, August 26, 2019
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Wayne Magdiarz. Segment I: The Catholic and Greek Orthodox communities of greater Chicagoland join together for an ecumenical service to give thanks for God's gift of Creation. Guests: Fr. Nick Kostyk; Fr. Panagiotis Boznos; Rev. Dr. Perry Hamalis. Segment II: Dr. Edward Gordon talks about the Search for Historical Jesus.

Health Resource Fairs/Planned Giving

Thursday, August 22, 2019
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: A group on Chicago's southwest side is organizing health-resource fairs. Guests: Phil Bradley; Elfreide Wedam; Larry Campbell. Segment II: Guests from the Archdiocese Stewardship and Development Office talk about "Planned Giving". Guests: Barbara Pitts; Elin Schriver.

TEAM-W/Annual First Responders BBQ at St. Benedict the African

Thursday, August 8, 2019
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: A renewed effort is underway to offer a welcoming environment at all our churches for people with disabilities. The ministry, Inclusion in Worship, has been renamed TEAM-W: That Every Ability May Worship. Guests: Joanne Meyer; Sister Kathleen Smith; Fr. David Jones. Segment II: The Academy of St. Benedict the African, located in Chicago's West Englewood neighborhood, is hosting its fourth annual end-of-summer barbecue to thank Chicago's first responders for keeping students and staff safe. Guest: Jennifer Farrand.

Chicago Neighbors: A Year in Short Stories/Mary's Journey?

Monday, August 5, 2019
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Fr. Clete Kiley, Director of Immigration Policy for UniteHere International Union, talks about his new book, Chicago Neighbors: A Year in Short Styories. Segment II: Fr. Lou Cameli discusses Mary's Assumption based on his book, Mary's Journey?

Renew My Church/Movie Reviews and Holy Ghost Bingo/Asian Mass

Monday, July 29, 2019
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Cliff Barber, Chief Strategy Officer with Strategic Planning and Implementation talks about the lastest from the Renew My Church team. Segment II: Vicki Quade joins the program with some Summertime movie reviews and her new upcoming Halloween bingo show called Holy Ghost Bingo: God, Goblins and Games. Semgment III: Fr. Tirso Villaverde promotes the annual Asian Mass next Sunday at St. Margaret Mary Church.

Anti-Violence Initiatives

Thursday, July 25, 2019
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Phil Andrew, the Director of Violence Prevention for the Archdiocese of Chicago and Fr. David Kelly talk for the full hour about anti-violence initiatives in Chicago.

Fr. Dominic Grassi/Holy Fire

Monday, July 22, 2019
Hosts: Graziano Marcheschi and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Fr. Dominic Grassi, retired priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, is the winner of the 2019 Catholic Publisher Association Novel of the Year for his book, "Death In Chicago: Winter." Segment II: The 4th Annual Holly Fire will be held in Chicago this October. Two of the organizers talk about Holy Fire and why it has been such a successful outreach to young people. Guests: Krystle Frey; Chelsea Piper.

Mayslake Ministries/Pastoral Migratoria

Thursday, July 11, 2019
Host: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Mark Teresi. Segment I: Mary Amore of Mayslake Ministries discusses three programs her ministry is offering. Those programs are Spiritual Mothers Journeying Together in Faith, In Search of the Beloved, and the Formation and Professional Certification program. Segment II: Pastoral Migratoria is a parish-based immigrant-led ministry of the Archdiocese of Chicago that began in 2008. Guest: Fr. Eric Cruz.

Renew My Church: Sts. Joseph and Francis Xavier Parishes Unite

Monday, July 1, 2019
Hosts: Fr. Greg Sakowicz and Graziano Marcheschi. Today is the official first day of Saints Joseph and Francis Xavier Parish in Wilmette. The new parish is the result of uniting St. Joseph Parish and St. Francis Xavier Parish as part of the Renew My Church process. There was a very well attended outdoor unity Mass and picnic yesterday at Vattmann Park in Wilmette to celebrate the new parish. Guests: Suzy McNamara; Sheli Sullivan; George Pearce; Herb Marros; Megan Hughes

Peter Nolan/Edward E. Gordon

Thursday, June 27, 2019
Host: Wayne Magdziarz. Segment I: Peter Nolan reflects on his years as a television news reporter, specifically stories that are in his new book, "News Stories: A Memoir." Segment II: Edward E. Gordon has a conversation with Wayne about the rise of hate in America and around the world.
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