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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin - July 2013

From the President

Build bridges, not walls

Akashi Kaikyo bridge, JapanJuly 31 is the feast of St Ignatius Loyola, who died in 1556.  Ignatius is known as the founder of the Society of Jesus but, as his feast day approaches, I am reminded that he founded the Society in concert with two others – Francis Xavier, who we in this Conference hold especially dear for he crossed the known world to Japan and reached the shores of China, and Peter Faber (Pierre Favre).  The three – Ignatius, Francis and Peter - shared a room during their studies at the University of Paris, and co-founded the Society of Jesus. Peter Faber was the first of the first companions to be ordained a priest.  More

JCAP News

Collaboration is our salvation

JCAP Social Apostolate meeting 2013 practice session In late June, Singapore suffered from the worst ever haze in its history. The haze came from forest fires in Sumatra, across the Malacca Strait. A row broke out between some government officials in Singapore and Indonesia. This unfortunate incident provided a somewhat fitting backdrop to the annual Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific Social Apostolate meeting which took up the theme of collaboration.  More

From the Provinces

Centre for young adults opens in Sydney

Jesuit Australia Cardoner Project Bellarmine House Young adults will be able to continue their Ignatian formation as they enter university life with the opening of Jesuit House in Sydney. In this letter to the Province, Australian Provincial Fr Steve Curtin SJ says the house, part of The Cardoner Project, now has a community of young men living there and has begun functioning as a venue for formation and prayer, as well as socialising.  More

From the Provinces

Bringing Battambang, Cambodia to Singapore

Battambang Arrupe Tahen dance troupeIn the early hours of June 18, 73 Cambodians, a mix of students from the Arrupe Welcoming Centre for the disabled and St Joseph’s Parish Tahen, boarded a plane to Singapore for a two week cultural dance tour. A mixture of excitement and anticipation flowed through the aircraft, as teachers and support staff tried to complete the Singapore immigration documents before landing.  The Battambang Arrupe Tahen Dance Troupe had been invited to Singapore to perform at the CHARIS humanitarian forum on June 22.  More

Other Jesuit News

Fr General tells WYD pilgrims to “keep eyes, heart open”

Jesuit Superior General Adolfo Nicolas mass at MAGIS Brazil 2013SALVADOR, Brazil (CNS) -- Using the example of a big-hearted giraffe, the superior general of the Jesuits, Father Adolfo Nicolas, told 2,000 World Youth Day pilgrims: "Keep your eyes and your hearts open."

The young people from around the world -- mostly students from Jesuit universities -- gathered in Salvador July 12 for a 10-day, pre-World Youth Day programme known as Magis, which means "the more" in Latin. The programme is designed for the young people to examine their lives to see how they can do more for Christ and for others.  More

Conference Calendar
August 2 to 24

In this issue

  • Build bridges, not walls
  • Collaboration is our salvation
  • A vital role for communication in Timor-Leste
  • Centre for young adults opens in Sydney
  • Loyola School of Theology has new president
  • Bringing Battambang, Cambodia to Singapore
  • Fostering peace and inter-religious dialogue through film
  • Making new friends, and opening up new horizons
  • Working for the needy in Timor-Leste
  • Fr General tells WYD pilgrims to “keep eyes, heart open”
  • Fr General Adolfo Nicolás SJ on youth, new media, silence, vocations and Pope Francis

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin - June 2013

JCAP News

JCAP Education on the move

JCAP education group meeting 2013There was much delight at the recent JCAP Education meeting in two significant developments.  Fr Christopher Gleeson SJ, JCAP Education Secretary and meeting chairman, shared that the group learnt a good deal from inaugural Principal, Fr Plinio, about the beginning in January of the new school in Timor-Leste, Colégio de Santo Inácio de Loiola.  More.

From the Provinces

A Jesuit school for Cambodia

Cambodia schoolFather General Adolfo Nicolás SJ has given his permission for the establishment of an education project in Cambodia.   The school, as proposed in the report Discerning a Major Focus for our Education Project in Cambodia, comprises a medium sized secondary school with four classes in each grade and a small primary school with two classes in each grade.  It will include a teacher training resource centre and a hostel for trainee teachers.  More.

From the Provinces

The First Spiritual Exercises hit the streets

The First Spiritual ExercisesFr Michael Hansen SJ says he hopes the launch of his new book will help open up even more people to a model of spirituality that harkens back to Ignatius’ earliest ministry.  The First Spiritual Exercises: Four Guided Retreats, published by Ave Maria Press, was launched at Campion Retreat Centre in Melbourne on May 24.  More.

Jesuit Formation

First vows and new vocations

Jesuit Vietnam province first vows May 2013As vocations fall in many provinces around the world, the Society of Jesus continues to receive good numbers for vocations in Vietnam.  On May 31, the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 15 Vietnamese men took their first vows of chastity, poverty and obedience as Jesuits.  More.

Other Jesuit News

Ignatian themes in Pope’s address to students

Pope Francis meeting with students of Jesuit schoolsPope Francis drew on some Ignatian themes in his prepared text for his meeting with students from Jesuit schools on June 7.   His message was as much to Jesuit educators as to the students. The Pope spoke of interior freedom, of being men (and women) with and for others, of finding God in our daily life.  He wrote: “learn to read the signs of God in your life. He always speaks to us, also through the events of our time and of our everyday existence. It is up to us to listen to him.”  More.

Conference Calendar
July 3 to 5

In this issue

  • JCAP Education on the move
  • New book for reconciling with creation
  • A Jesuit school for Cambodia
  • Preparing for MAGIS
  • The First Spiritual Exercises hit the streets
  • Rising to the challenge
  • Respect right of refugees to sanctuary, sustenance and education
  • First vows and new vocations
  • Ignatian themes in Pope’s address to students
  • A spirituality that reconciles us with creation

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin - May 2013

From the Provinces

A clear and obvious blessing

Wilbert Mireh SJ ordinationIt was the moment in which the Society of Jesus finally came to life in Myanmar: the ordination of the country’s first ever Jesuit priest, Fr Wilbert Mireh SJ. Watching on among the throngs of faithful who packed Christ the King Cathedral in Loikaw, in Kayah State in the country’s east on May 1, Myanmar scholastic William-Paul gave quiet thanks for an event whose implications would reverberate far beyond the people who had gathered here to witness it.  More.

From the Provinces

Supporting forests and communities

Banteay Prieb tree nurseryIn a piece of land measuring 5m x 11m, we began building late last year a simple structure of wooden posts and a nylon mesh roof for the purpose of growing seedlings of hardwood trees native to Cambodia. Located within Banteay Prieb, the Jesuit-run vocational school for people with disabilities, the tree nursery is a collaborative effort of the agriculture students of the centre and their teacher Mr Mam Sony. More.

Jesuit Formation

Receiving the spirit of peace

First vows of new Myanmar JesuitsDays after the ordination of Myanmar’s first Jesuit priest, three young men took their first vows in Taunggyi, reflecting the Jesuit revival that began when the Society returned to the country in 1998.

Novices John Bosco Oo, Saw John Paul Thurein and Peter Mwe Aung Seng were surrounded by their families as they took their vows at the Holy Infant Jesus parish in the grounds of Payaphyu, an orphanage and home for the handicapped in Taunggyi in Shan State on May 5. The Jesuit novitiate is located in the same compound.  More.

Other Jesuit News

Fr General is new head of religious orders 

Fr Adolfo Nicolas SJFr Adolfo Nicolás SJ, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, has become the new President of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG). The UISG represents the superior generals of the more than 200 male religious congregations in the world today. More

Conference Calendar
June 24 to 28, 2013

In this issue

  • A clear and obvious blessing
  • Fighting human trafficking
  • Supporting forests and communities
  • Receiving the spirit of peace
  • Fr General is new head of religious orders
  • Ricci sainthood cause moves to the Vatican
  • First Jesuit university in India

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin - April 2013

JCAP News

JCAP annual report 2013

JCAP annual report 2013The Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific has published its 2013 annual report, Jesuits in Asia Pacific 2013.  The document offers Jesuits, collaborators and friends a report by Conference President Fr Mark Raper SJ on 2012, articles on four key areas for the Conference that year - education, formation, spirituality and international works, and a brief look forward to 2013.  Read more.

From the Provinces

Caring for prisoners in Dili

Brother Tha SJ at Becora prison DiliThe Jesuits in Dili celebrate the Holy Eucharist at the prison in Becora, Dili on the second Sunday of every month.  Prompted by Pope Francis’ celebration of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at a prison in Rome, Brother Noel Oliver SJ shares his impressions of the Jesuits’ prison ministry in Dili.  Read more.

Jesuit Formation

Encounters in Myanmar

Shwesandaw Paya in BaganKorean Scholastic Benedict Kim Kundong SJ shares his encounters with people and places in a trip he made around Myanmar, after his regency in Yangon. Read more.

Other Jesuit News

UNHCR-Jesuit agreement on higher education for the forcibly displaced

JC:HEM student taking a diploma course online The UN refugee agency and the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), through its partner Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins initiative (JC:HEM), signed in April an agreement to enhance higher education opportunities for refugees and other forcibly displaced people through online and on-site courses.  Read more.

Obituary

Bishop Aloysius Jin Luxian SJ – in memoriam

Bishop Aloysius Jin Luxian SJBishop Jin of Shanghai, a prominent and controversial figure in the Church of China, died on April 27 aged 96 following a long struggle against pancreatic cancer.  His prominence was reflected in the title of his biography Le Pape Jaune (the Yellow Pope), written by French journalist Dorian Malovic in 2006.  Fr Michael Kelly SJ offers this article in memoriam.  Read more.

Conference Calendar
May 22 to 24, 2013

In this issue

  • JCAP annual report 2013
  • Development officers discuss best practices
  • Caring for prisoners in Dili
  • Schools collaborate and deepen relations around their river catchment
  • Redfern Jarjum College officially opens
  • Encounters in Myanmar
  • UNHCR-Jesuit agreement on higher education for the forcibly displaced
  • Frederico Lombardi SJ named Communicator of the Year
  • Bishop Aloysius Jin Luxian SJ – in memoriam

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin - March 2013

From the President

By deeds and words

Pope Francis

From his very first words as Bishop of Rome, our new Pope Francis revealed a gracious respect for the religious belief, freedom of conscience and dignity of each person – values and behaviour so essential for Christians in Asia Pacific.  His first blessing was a simple, modest acknowledgement of the conscience of each person:  "Since many of you are not members of the Catholic Church, and others are not believers, I cordially give this blessing silently, to each of you, respecting the conscience of each, but in the knowledge that each of you is a child of God. May God bless you!" Read more.

JCAP News

JCAP is on Facebook

FacebookThe Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific now has a Facebook page.  Like it at www.facebook.com/JesuitConferenceAsiaPacific.

From the Provinces

RJM collaborators in Timor-Leste

Jesuits with RJM collaboratorsIn February, the Jesuits in Timor-Leste welcomed their latest collaborators in their education mission – the Religious of Jesus and Mary (RJM).  On February 2, Sr Rosaria Pimenta, Provincial of the Religious of Jesus and Mary (Gujarat Province) arrived in Timor-Leste with Sr Selma D’Souza and Sr Mary Francis, who are the congregation’s first sisters to be based in the country. Read more.

Other Jesuit News

The Society and Pope Francis

Fr General Adolfo Nicolas with Pope FrancisPope Francis is the first Jesuit Pope.  In a statement issued on March 14, Father General Adolfo Nicolás SJ gave thanks to God for the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio SJ as the Pope, which he said “opens for the Church a path full of hope”. We republish here Fr General’s statement, Pope Francis’ response, and Fr General’s report of his visit with Pope Francis on March 17. Read more.

Conference Calendar
April 4 to 5, 2013

In this issue

  • By deeds and words
  • Challenging times for the Myanmar Mission
  • Water for all
  • EATEP 2013
  • RJM collaborators in Timor-Leste
  • Forty Years of Indigenous Ministry
  • Helping ethnic minority children get an education
  • Teacher turns builder to realise education dream
  • The Society and Pope Francis
  • Deliberation for Social Action

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin - February 2013

From the Provinces

Jesuit university proposed in Hong Kong

Proposed Jesuit Liberal Arts College - public seminarPlans for a Jesuit Liberal Arts College (JLAC) in Hong Kong reached a new level in January with the convening of a two-day inaugural College Board of Trustees meeting. The trustees gathered in Hong Kong to discuss the academic and strategic planning of the JLAC and visit the Queen’s Hill site, where the Jesuits hope to locate the university. Read more.

From the Provinces

Planting trees at the Killing Fields

Planting together for Interfaith Harmony Week in CambodiaOn January 27, Buddhists, Christians, and Muslims, both foreigners and Khmer, gathered together at Choeung Ek, otherwise known as the Killing Fields of Cambodia, to remember and pray for the thousands of innocent Cambodians who were executed there under the Khmer Rouge regime.  The remembrance of the genocide victims that afternoon was part of the commemoration of World Interfaith Harmony Week, which concluded with the planting of several trees within Choeung EkRead more.

Other Jesuit News

On Global Ignatian Advocacy Networks

Global Ignatian Advocacy NetworksThe Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat has released "Promotio Iustitiae no.110", a document dedicated to the Global Ignatian Advocacy Networks, which are centred on five areas – Ecology, Right to Education, Management of Natural Resources and Minerals, Migration, and Peace and Human Rights.  Read more.

Conference Calendar
April 4 to 5, 2013

In this issue

  • Jesuit university proposed in Hong Kong
  • Vietnam Province looks to the future
  • Fun and learning as Jarjum opens
  • Planting trees at the Killing Fields
  • Media training Taiwan’s bishops
  • On Global Ignatian Advocacy Networks

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin - January 2013

From the President

JCAP Report – January 2013

major superiors palau 2013If the JCAP major superiors needed a reminder of the extent of and differences in our Conference, the last two locations for our biannual meeting certainly provided that.  The island Republic of Palau, population 20,600, is a vastly different locale from that of our previous assembly held last July in Macau, a part of China, population over 1.4 billion.  As we gathered in Palau, from January 21 to 25, the striking contrast provided a fitting backdrop to our reflection on the Year of Faith and our discussion of how the Society of Jesus can better serve the universal mission amidst the immense diversity of our Conference.  Read more.

JCAP News

Update on JCAP’s strategy on ecology

Healing a broken worldThe Jesuit Conference Asia Pacific (JCAP) continues to seek venues to strengthen reflection, and network through participation in formation programmes, and institutional and province reviews.  In Asia Pacific, there are continuous challenges of social and environmental injustice, limited basic education for the poor, and the needed revision of values in a culture of consumerism.  Read more.

From the Provinces

Colégio Santo Inácio de Loiolá opens

Fr Plinio Martins SJ conducting orientation for first day of schoolNot all children look forward to the first day of school, but for the 74 first students of Colégio Santo Inácio de Loiolá, January 15 was a much-anticipated day.  Nearly all of them arrived one hour before the school day began at 8.30am. For the Jesuits in Timor-Leste, the day marked the realisation of a 10-year dream of having an education apostolate in their country to serve the needs of the people.  Read more.

From the Provinces

Responding to the flooding disaster

Distributing relief supplies to Jakarta flood victimsThe torrential rain that hit the Indonesian capital and its surrounding areas for two consecutive days (January 16 and 17) caused massive flooding in Jakarta, Bekasi and Tangerang. According to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), 32 people have died and 33,502 people have been displaced.  Read more.

Jesuit Formation

Cardoner Week

Cardoner week batches 1974-1976“To be man of the Spiritual Exercises and of the Constitutions” is the grace asked by those participating in the Cardoner Week, a new on-going formation programme in the Indonesian Province, for Jesuits of batches 1963 to 1999 (the year they joined the Society of Jesus).  Read more. 

Appointments and Opportunities

Philippine Provincial

Father Antonio Moreno has been appointed Provincial of the Philippine Province (PHI). Fr Antonio is at present Superior and President of the Ateneo de Zamboanga University in Zamboanga City, Philippines. Fr Antonio takes over from Fr Jose (Jojo) Cecilio Magadia, who has been appointed General Counsellor for Formation.  Fr Jojo will take assume oversight for the formation of Jesuits and vocation promotion in October 2013. 

Other Jesuit News

International Jesuit networking

Jesuitnetworking.org home pageAt the end of April 2012, a group of Jesuits and lay partners from all over the world gathered at Boston College, USA to reflect on the matter.  On December 17, 2012 the final document of the conference was released and sent out to the whole Society of Jesus to share this systematisation and promote reflection on this new organizational challenge posed to our international body by the demands of our universal mission.  Read more.

Obituary

Remembering Fr James Reuter SJ

Fr James Reuter SJFr James B Reuter SJ passed away at the age of 96 in Our Lady of Peace Hospital in Manila on December 31, 2012.  Jesuit Communications in the Philippines remembers Fr Reuter, to whom it owes a debt of gratitude for founding the Jesuit Communications Foundation and for championing Jesuit and Church presence in the mass media in the Philippines.  Read more.

In this issue

  • JCAP Report – January 2013
  • Update on JCAP’s strategy on ecology
  • Colégio Santo Inácio de Loiolá opens
  • New Jesuit priests and deacons in Vietnam
  • Supporting the Myanmar Church with ARC
  • Responding to the flooding disaster
  • Helping survivors of Typhoon Pablo (Bopha)
  • A Boat Without Anchors
  • Cardoner Week
  • SBC reflects on healing a broken world
  • Philippine Provincial
  • Delegate of the Provincial of Korea for the Cambodia Mission
  • International Jesuit networking
  • Remembering Fr James Reuter SJ

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific News: New Year message

Companions of Jesus in the new year

Shepherds visit Chinese drawing

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific eNews: December 2012

From the President

A message at Christmas

Giotto Flight into EgyptLove is born in the most unlikely places.  A star gives hope to the most unlikely witnesses. Gifts are carried by the most unlikely guests.

Even at heavy year’s end, the Christ Child’s coming may evoke in us love, hope and gift.

We may see our lives and events inside the mysteries of Christ. The joys, hopes, sorrows and anxieties of our times are celebrated in the birth of Christ.  He entered our lives so that we might enter his.  He became what we are so we might become what he is.  He is present in the places where we have always been. May we enter his mystery so that he may enter our lives.  Read more.

JCAP News

Missioned to the Conference

JCAP logoThe Conference team is expanding and strengthening.  Consultations between the President and Provincials over several months have resulted in the missioning of Jesuits from various Provinces to core positions in the Conference.  This generosity of spirit will greatly help the Conference to keep the Society in Asia Pacific oriented towards the service of faith and the promotion of justice.  Read more.

From the Provinces

Timor Leste school on track to open in January

Jesuit school in Timor LesteColégio de Santo Inácio de Loiolá, the new Jesuit secondary school in Timor Leste, is on track to open as scheduled on January 15, with its first batch of students in Year 7. On December 15, 79 boys and girls were informed they were successful in their application to the school. They had undergone a three-stage selection process that began in August.  Read more.

From the Provinces

Whither the way in education

JSC mini-school in village in OudongThe Jesuits and partners in Cambodia continue to discern the way forward in education.  In October, four educators from the various parts of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific visited Cambodia as part of the Cambodian Mission’s Preparatory Planning Mission (PPM) team.  The local members of the PPM included three Jesuits, Frs OH Indon and Gabby Lamug-Nanawa and Br Ham Toeun, and two partners, Sr Ljudmila Anzic (Salesians) and Br Terry Heinrich (Marists).  Read more.

Other Jesuit News

The Ignatian Way

Fr James Martin SJ and Fr Roger Haight SJ Two American Jesuits recently discussed the genius of the Spiritual Exercises in an interview with America magazine.  Fr Roger Haight SJ and Fr James Martin SJ recently published books on the Exercises.  Fr Haight's book, Christian Spirituality for Seekers, was published this summer, and Fr Martin's “The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything is now out in paperback.  Read more.

Conference Calendar
Dec 20, 2012 to Jan 2, 2013

In this issue

  • A message at Christmas
  • Missioned to the Conference
  • EAPI sets up Centre for Effective Mission
  • Timor Leste school on track to open in January
  • World’s oldest teacher
  • Suffering for Christ
  • Jesuits in Micronesia
  • Catholic Shanghai
  • Whither the way in education
  • Moving the tides of education in Ranong
  • Searching for a state to belong to
  • The Ignatian Way

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JCAP eNews November 2012

From the President

Structures for mission

Fr Mark Raper SJIn September, the six Conference Presidents gathered in Rome for their annual meeting with Fr General. Although we came from very different parts of the world, we could experience much in common in our roles of service to the Society’s global mission. Read more
JCAP News

Forming Jesuits for our time

dynamics of Jesuit formationRectors and Formation delegates across the Conference of Asia Pacific gathered in Manila recently to discuss how to form Jesuits for the needs and contexts of the globalized, interconnected world we live in today.  Read more
From the Provinces

Xavier relic on pilgrimage of grace in Australia

veneration of Xavier relic

A relic of St Francis Xavier has begun a three-month “Pilgrimage of Grace” in Australia.  The relic is Xavier’s right forearm, which has been kept in the Church of the Gesu, the Society’s mother Church in Rome for the past 400 years. Read more

From the Provinces

Promoting the First Spiritual Exercises

First Spiritual Exercises prison pix

The Christian Life Community in Australia has made giving and promoting the First Spiritual Exercises an apostolic work.  For the last six years, the First Spiritual Exercises have been given in Australia and Malaysia, by Jesuit, religious and lay teams in parishes, spirituality centres and other groups. Read more

Jesuit Formation

Think greenly, act locally
Billy Aryo Nugroho SJReconciliation with Creation is a priority for the Society of Jesus and a key concern of the Indonesian Province.  Scholastic Billy Aryo Nugroho SJ reports on a Go Green course that was conducted for Jesuit scholastics in Jakarta. Read more

Other Jesuit News

do believe, but help the little faith I have
Year of Faith logoIn a letter to Major Superiors on the occasion of the launch of the Year of Faith, Fr General Adolfo Nicolás, superior general of the Society of Jesus, welcomed the Holy Father’s call “to focus more explicitly on the gift of faith, and the witness and service we give to it”. Read more

Obituary

Rev Fr Ismael G. Zuloaga SJ, November 2, 1927 to October 8, 2012
Ismael Zuloaga SJWe know that death comes to everyone, nothing is more certain. Yet somehow, Zulo has been with us forever and why should that change?  Yet death, so common, so utterly usual, normal, has come to claim him and to surprise us.   Even in his diminishment these last 5 or 7 years the essential Zulo was ever present.  Read more

Conference Calendar
Dec 20, 2012 - Jan 02, 2013

In this issue

  • Structures for mission
  • Forming Jesuits for our time
  • Xavier relic on pilgrimage of grace in Australia
  • Re-imagining the Filipino soul and story in education
  • Loikaw - a timeless land
  • Loikaw Church - a journey of faith
  • Promoting the First Spiritual Exercises
  • Leading for mission
  • “Greening” Jesuit houses in the Philippines
  • Think greenly, act locally
  • I do believe, but help the little faith I have
  • Fr General on New Evangelisation
  • Rev Fr Ismael G. Zuloaga SJ, November 2, 1927 to October 8, 2012

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