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BREAKING: Mary Ann Glendon Refuses Notre Dame Honor over Obama
LifeSiteNews.com -- Your Family, Life, and Culture Outpost ^ | April 27, 2009 | By Kathleen Gilbert

Posted on 04/27/2009 10:56:06 AM PDT by topher

Monday April 27, 2009


BREAKING: Mary Ann Glendon Refuses Notre Dame Honor over Obama Invitation

By Kathleen Gilbert

NOTRE DAME, Indiana, April 27, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Mary Ann Glendon, the former United States ambassador to the Vatican who was set to receive the University of Notre Dame's Laetare Medal at the school's commencement on May 17, has written to University president Fr. John Jenkins saying that she will not attend the ceremony or accept the award after all. 

Glendon says her refusal stems from the University's persistence in choosing to honor Obama with an honorary degree, despite U.S. Bishops Conference policy that forbids honoring pro-abortion politicians. 

President Obama is scheduled to give the keynote commencement address and receive an honorary law degree at the graduation ceremony.

A decisive factor in her decision, says Glendon, was the "talking points" issued by Notre Dame's administration to trustees, and obtained and published exclusively by LifeSiteNews.com earlier this month (http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/apr/09040710.html).  Glendon says that she objected to some of the talking points that seemed to suggest that her speech "would somehow balance" Obama's presence.
 
Below is the complete text of Glendon's letter:


Dear Father Jenkins,

When you informed me in December 2008 that I had been selected to receive Notre Dame's Laetare Medal, I was profoundly moved. I treasure the memory of receiving an honorary degree from Notre Dame in 1996, and I have always felt honored that the commencement speech I gave that year was included in the anthology of Notre Dame's most memorable commencement speeches. So I immediately began working on an acceptance speech that I hoped would be worthy of the occasion, of the honor of the medal, and of your students and faculty.

Last month, when you called to tell me that the commencement speech was to be given by President Obama, I mentioned to you that I would have to rewrite my speech. Over the ensuing weeks, the task that once seemed so delightful has been complicated by a number of factors.

First, as a longtime consultant to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, I could not help but be dismayed by the news that Notre Dame also planned to award the president an honorary degree. This, as you must know, was in disregard of the U.S. bishops' express request of 2004 that Catholic institutions "should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles" and that such persons "should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions." That request, which in no way seeks to control or interfere with an institution's freedom to invite and engage in serious debate with whomever it wishes, seems to me so reasonable that I am at a loss to understand why a Catholic university should disrespect it.

Then I learned that "talking points" issued by Notre Dame in response to widespread criticism of its decision included two statements implying that my acceptance speech would somehow balance the event:

- "President Obama won't be doing all the talking. Mary Ann Glendon, the former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, will be speaking as the recipient of the Laetare Medal."

- "We think having the president come to Notre Dame, see our graduates, meet our leaders, and hear a talk from Mary Ann Glendon is a good thing for the president and for the causes we care about."

A commencement, however, is supposed to be a joyous day for the graduates and their families. It is not the right place, nor is a brief acceptance speech the right vehicle, for engagement with the very serious problems raised by Notre Dame's decision-in disregard of the settled position of the U.S. bishops-to honor a prominent and uncompromising opponent of the Church's position on issues involving fundamental principles of justice.

Finally, with recent news reports that other Catholic schools are similarly choosing to disregard the bishops' guidelines, I am concerned that Notre Dame's example could have an unfortunate ripple effect.

It is with great sadness, therefore, that I have concluded that I cannot accept the Laetare Medal or participate in the May 17 graduation ceremony.

In order to avoid the inevitable speculation about the reasons for my decision, I will release this letter to the press, but I do not plan to make any further comment on the matter at this time.

Yours Very Truly,
Mary Ann Glendon

See related LifeSiteNews.com coverage:

Revealed: Obama Commencement Talking Points for University of Notre Dame Trustees
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/apr/09040710.html

Bishops Zubik, Loverde, LeVoir Make 46 Bishops Against ND Scandal
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/apr/09042302.html

URL: http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/apr/09042702.html


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TOPICS: Catholic
KEYWORDS: abortion; catholic; frjenkins; glendon; maryannglendon; notredame; notredamescandal; obama; prolife
She was scheduled to go before Obama... There was talk that she was going to make some Choice comments...
1 posted on 04/27/2009 10:56:07 AM PDT by topher
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To: topher

WOW, what a strong gal.

Kudos to this fine lady.


2 posted on 04/27/2009 10:58:09 AM PDT by ThreePuttinDude (o)...http://threeputtindude.blogspot.com/ ...(o)
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To: Mrs. Don-o; Salvation

Ping. This is not the first mention of this news of FreeRepublic.com


3 posted on 04/27/2009 10:59:23 AM PDT by topher (Let us return to old-fashioned morality - morality that has stood the test of time...)
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To: topher
This was also reported on FreeRepublic.com:

Declining Notre Dame: A Letter from Mary Ann Glendon [she refuses Laetare Medal]

4 posted on 04/27/2009 11:00:33 AM PDT by topher (Let us return to old-fashioned morality - morality that has stood the test of time...)
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To: topher

I wish we had elected officials who took principled stances like this.


5 posted on 04/27/2009 11:00:53 AM PDT by NoKoolAidforMe (1-20-09--The Beginning of an Error..............1-20-13--Change we can look forward to)
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To: topher

An outstanding smackdown from an honorable Lady. Well Done!


6 posted on 04/27/2009 11:01:14 AM PDT by rockrr (Global warming is to science what Islam is to religion)
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To: topher

Sorry.

999 out of 1000 people wouldn’t know her from Eve


7 posted on 04/27/2009 11:03:19 AM PDT by PurpleMan
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To: PurpleMan

So?

People didn’t know Joe the Plumber a few months back either.


8 posted on 04/27/2009 11:04:58 AM PDT by mom4melody
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To: PurpleMan
You are correct, most people would not know Mary Ann Glendon...

However, she is one up on Caroline Kennedy -- daughter of JFK. The Vatican REFUSED TO ALLOW CAROLINE TO BECOME AMBASSADOR TO THE VATICAN FOR THE UNITED STATES.

The reason for the refusal of Caroline Kennedy: her strong backing of abortion.

Mary Ann Glendon is the former United States ambassador to the Vatican

9 posted on 04/27/2009 11:09:19 AM PDT by topher (Let us return to old-fashioned morality - morality that has stood the test of time...)
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To: topher
Separated at birth?


YOU GO GIRLS!!!
10 posted on 04/27/2009 11:09:50 AM PDT by Safrguns
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To: topher

God bless this handsome woman and her stand for LIFE & TRUTH!


11 posted on 04/27/2009 11:11:16 AM PDT by Mr. Jazzy (No greater friend, no worse enemy -The United States Marine Corps.)
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To: Safrguns
Very inappropiate analogy, and in particular, on this thread.

Leni

12 posted on 04/27/2009 11:12:26 AM PDT by MinuteGal (FR Regional Convention 4/25 Orlando....Florida, Alabama, Georgia & Carolinas Freepers Invited!)
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To: topher

She is a great woman. I really admire her. And I’m not surprised that she took this public stand in defense of her faith.


13 posted on 04/27/2009 11:23:58 AM PDT by lady lawyer
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To: ThreePuttinDude

What a fine example she is for our young women.


14 posted on 04/27/2009 11:27:03 AM PDT by FES0844
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To: topher

I am awestruck and gobsmacked by Mary Ann Glendon’s thoroughly principled stand. She has made the right choice, and God is watching.

Well done, Ma’am! You have earned deep Respect, worth more than any medal Notre Dame could give you.


15 posted on 04/27/2009 11:27:53 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: mom4melody

Point being that only within a small circle of people is her name know. The newsworthiness of her decision is limited - unless BOR or Hannity pick it up and even then 999 out of 1000 will say, “Who?”

You equate her with “Joe The Plummer”? Shudder.


16 posted on 04/27/2009 11:30:30 AM PDT by PurpleMan
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To: topher

She may not receive the honor and treasure this world offers. Her treasure now resides elsewhere.


17 posted on 04/27/2009 11:31:09 AM PDT by JamesP81 (When Obama signed an order providing tax dollars to murder children, he stopped being my president)
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To: Safrguns

From my perspective, they’re both hot - in the best possible ways.


18 posted on 04/27/2009 11:32:51 AM PDT by shibumi (" ..... then we will fight in the shade.")
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To: MinuteGal
Very inappropiate analogy, and in particular, on this thread.

They are both pretty. They both stood up for their faith. I don't see the inappropriateness of it unless you find Miss California to be immoral in some way.
19 posted on 04/27/2009 11:34:19 AM PDT by Safrguns
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To: MinuteGal; Safrguns

Both highly attractive women, from different backgrounds, and with different attributes - but with commitment and principle as their guide.

What could be more appropriate?


20 posted on 04/27/2009 11:36:52 AM PDT by shibumi (" ..... then we will fight in the shade.")
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To: topher

Good for her. A little piece of metal from an overvalued school is not worth abandoning deeply held beliefs.


21 posted on 04/27/2009 11:37:01 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Safrguns

Is there an echo in here?


22 posted on 04/27/2009 11:37:47 AM PDT by shibumi (" ..... then we will fight in the shade.")
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To: topher

Wow! Someone with principles, finally.


23 posted on 04/27/2009 11:38:31 AM PDT by cvq3842
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To: shibumi

lol... guess so... thanks!


24 posted on 04/27/2009 11:39:55 AM PDT by Safrguns
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To: PurpleMan

When asked, Mary Ann Glendon said “Who the hell is PurpleMan?”


25 posted on 04/27/2009 11:42:09 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: PurpleMan

It is not important that few people know her.

Name recognition counts for little compared to principles.


26 posted on 04/27/2009 11:45:15 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: PurpleMan

I equate her with with someone else who was unknown to the masses until they dared to question the Messiah.

It doesn’t take heroics to be a household name (like Joe or Mary Ann) anymore then being “known” makes you worthwhile...think Scott Peterson, Ted Bundy, Adolf Hitler.


27 posted on 04/27/2009 11:45:52 AM PDT by mom4melody
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To: Safrguns

You might want to familiarize yourself with what the Blessed Mother; Notre Dame, had to say to Jacinta in Lisbon about immodest dress and get yourself a clue.


28 posted on 04/27/2009 11:46:03 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: shibumi
I take it that it's a pic of Miss California who stood up for principle? The photo was not labelled and I didn't recognize her.

In this case, I take back everything I said.....I guess.....LOL.

Leni

29 posted on 04/27/2009 11:46:20 AM PDT by MinuteGal (Hit "FReeper Convention" on Top Left of "Latest Posts" Page for Fla.Convention Report and Photos.)
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To: A.A. Cunningham; PurpleMan
When asked, Mary Ann Glendon said “Who the hell is PurpleMan?”

LOL It's posts like yours, Cunningham, that make FR such a good read.

30 posted on 04/27/2009 11:48:46 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: topher; Salvation; NYer; narses; A.A. Cunningham

Catholic League president Bill Donohue responded as follows:

“Mary Ann Glendon is a friend and a member of the Catholic League’s board of advisors. As usual, she made the right choice. The decision by Father Jenkins to honor a man who is the hero of Planned Parenthood is delinquent enough, but the ultimate insult was the specious moral reasoning used to justify it. Playing off Glendon against Obama—as if her legitimate presence legitimates his illegitimate presence—is simply outrageous.

“If Father Jenkins thinks it is important for President Obama to learn from Professor Glendon, then let him audit one of her classes. Alternatively, she can send him a tape.”

http://catholicleague.org/release.php?id=1602


31 posted on 04/27/2009 11:50:23 AM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: MinuteGal

Hey Leni, I didn’t know who she was either and was puzzled by the bikini picture. Makes sense now.


32 posted on 04/27/2009 11:52:46 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: topher

She’s got moxie...


33 posted on 04/27/2009 11:55:35 AM PDT by GOPJ (We sleep safe..because rough men stand ready..to visit violence on those who would do us harm-Orwell)
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To: A.A. Cunningham; Safrguns

Speaking of clues, ever think how tough it would be to hold a beauty pageant in burkhas?


34 posted on 04/27/2009 11:55:57 AM PDT by shibumi (" ..... then we will fight in the shade.")
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To: topher

Good for her. Odds are she is a self-made women who doesn’t need a hollow award given by a phony institution.


35 posted on 04/27/2009 11:58:09 AM PDT by CodeToad (If it weren't for physics and law enforcement I'd be unstoppable!)
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To: A.A. Cunningham
You might want to familiarize yourself with what the Blessed Mother; Notre Dame, had to say to Jacinta in Lisbon about immodest dress and get yourself a clue.

If you had a sense of humor, you would understand that I was already aware of this, and was making light of and celebrating the diversity between different peoples of the same faith. Don't get all high and mighty with me.

I'll bet you money the former ambassador would not take offense at my post if she were to see it... She might even crack a smile.
36 posted on 04/27/2009 12:01:04 PM PDT by Safrguns
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To: topher
Alums hold your cash!

Keep FReeping Notre Dame.

1,   2,   3,   4,   5,   6,   7,   8


37 posted on 04/27/2009 2:54:59 PM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Safrguns

Still inappropriate.


38 posted on 04/27/2009 4:06:06 PM PDT by Lauren BaRecall ("I will not compromise on life" - what Steele should have said.)
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To: topher

Thank you, Ms. Glendon.


39 posted on 04/27/2009 4:08:08 PM PDT by combat_boots ("too much money is spent on extending the life of old people who are just gonna die anyway J Elders)
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To: topher
Pinged from Terri Dailies


40 posted on 04/27/2009 4:35:46 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: topher

That lady has class.


41 posted on 04/27/2009 4:39:16 PM PDT by Snurple (VEGETARIAN, OLD INDIAN WORD FOR BAD HUNTER.)
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To: Safrguns

You are a clueless buffoon.


42 posted on 04/27/2009 6:31:26 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: topher
UPDATED: Mary Ann Glendon Refuses Notre Dame Honor over Obama Invitation - White House, Fr. Jenkins Respond

LifeSiteNews.com updated their original article with responses from Father Jenkins (President of Notre Dame) and from the office of President Obama:

Monday April 27, 2009


UPDATED: Mary Ann Glendon Refuses Notre Dame Honor over Obama Invitation - White House, Fr. Jenkins Respond

By Kathleen Gilbert

NOTRE DAME, Indiana, April 27, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Mary Ann Glendon, the former United States ambassador to the Vatican who was set to receive the University of Notre Dame's Laetare Medal at the school's commencement on May 17, has written to University president Fr. John Jenkins saying that she will not attend the ceremony or accept the award after all. 

Glendon says her refusal stems from the University's persistence in choosing to honor Obama with an honorary degree, despite U.S. Bishops Conference policy that forbids honoring pro-abortion politicians. 

President Obama is scheduled to give the keynote commencement address and receive an honorary law degree at the graduation ceremony.

A decisive factor in her decision, says Glendon, was the "talking points" issued by Notre Dame's administration to trustees, and obtained and published exclusively by LifeSiteNews.com earlier this month (http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/apr/09040710.html).  Glendon says that she objected to some of the talking points that seemed to suggest that her speech "would somehow balance" Obama's presence.

Fr. Jenkins issued a brief reply to Glendon's decision early Monday afternoon, saying, "We are, of course, disappointed that Professor Glendon has made this decision. It is our intention to award the Laetare Medal to another deserving recipient, and we will make that announcement as soon as possible."

The White House also issued a reply mid-afternoon on Monday to Glendon's decision. Jen Psaki, White House Deputy Press Secretary, said: “President Obama is disappointed by former Ambassador Mary Glendon’s decision, but he looks forward to delivering an inclusive and respectful speech at the Notre Dame graduation, a school with a rich history of fostering the exchange of ideas. While he is honored to have the support of millions of people of all faiths, he does not govern with the expectation that everyone sees eye to eye with him on every position, and the spirit of debate and healthy disagreement on important issues is part of what he loves about this country.”
 
 
Below is the complete text of Glendon's letter:


Dear Father Jenkins,

When you informed me in December 2008 that I had been selected to receive Notre Dame's Laetare Medal, I was profoundly moved. I treasure the memory of receiving an honorary degree from Notre Dame in 1996, and I have always felt honored that the commencement speech I gave that year was included in the anthology of Notre Dame's most memorable commencement speeches. So I immediately began working on an acceptance speech that I hoped would be worthy of the occasion, of the honor of the medal, and of your students and faculty.

Last month, when you called to tell me that the commencement speech was to be given by President Obama, I mentioned to you that I would have to rewrite my speech. Over the ensuing weeks, the task that once seemed so delightful has been complicated by a number of factors.

First, as a longtime consultant to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, I could not help but be dismayed by the news that Notre Dame also planned to award the president an honorary degree. This, as you must know, was in disregard of the U.S. bishops' express request of 2004 that Catholic institutions "should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles" and that such persons "should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions." That request, which in no way seeks to control or interfere with an institution's freedom to invite and engage in serious debate with whomever it wishes, seems to me so reasonable that I am at a loss to understand why a Catholic university should disrespect it.

Then I learned that "talking points" issued by Notre Dame in response to widespread criticism of its decision included two statements implying that my acceptance speech would somehow balance the event:

- "President Obama won't be doing all the talking. Mary Ann Glendon, the former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, will be speaking as the recipient of the Laetare Medal."

- "We think having the president come to Notre Dame, see our graduates, meet our leaders, and hear a talk from Mary Ann Glendon is a good thing for the president and for the causes we care about."

A commencement, however, is supposed to be a joyous day for the graduates and their families. It is not the right place, nor is a brief acceptance speech the right vehicle, for engagement with the very serious problems raised by Notre Dame's decision-in disregard of the settled position of the U.S. bishops-to honor a prominent and uncompromising opponent of the Church's position on issues involving fundamental principles of justice.

Finally, with recent news reports that other Catholic schools are similarly choosing to disregard the bishops' guidelines, I am concerned that Notre Dame's example could have an unfortunate ripple effect.

It is with great sadness, therefore, that I have concluded that I cannot accept the Laetare Medal or participate in the May 17 graduation ceremony.

In order to avoid the inevitable speculation about the reasons for my decision, I will release this letter to the press, but I do not plan to make any further comment on the matter at this time.

Yours Very Truly,
Mary Ann Glendon

See related LifeSiteNews.com coverage:

Revealed: Obama Commencement Talking Points for University of Notre Dame Trustees
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/apr/09040710.html

Bishops Zubik, Loverde, LeVoir Make 46 Bishops Against ND Scandal
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/apr/09042302.html

URL: http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/apr/09042702.html


Copyright © LifeSiteNews.com. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivatives License. You may republish this article or portions of it without request provided the content is not altered and it is clearly attributed to "LifeSiteNews.com". Any website publishing of complete or large portions of original LifeSiteNews articles MUST additionally include a live link to www.LifeSiteNews.com. The link is not required for excerpts. Republishing of articles on LifeSiteNews.com from other sources as noted is subject to the conditions of those sources.


43 posted on 04/27/2009 7:43:25 PM PDT by topher (Let us return to old-fashioned morality - morality that has stood the test of time...)
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