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Vatican announces Facebook, YouTube pages for John Paul II
Pope John Paul II in a file photo.
March 15th, 2011
05:08 PM ET

Vatican announces Facebook, YouTube pages for John Paul II

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

Pope John Paul II, famous for his power to communicate the Roman Catholic Church’s message around the world, is getting another chance to do so, with the Vatican launching pages dedicated to him on Facebook and YouTube.

The Holy See launched the social networking pages Tuesday, in advance of the beatification of Pope John Paul II on May 1, the last step before sainthood.

"The aim is to diversify the instruments so as to give this initiative as great an exposure and as wide a coverage as possible,” the Vatican press office said in a statement.

The new Facebook and YouTube pages feature video clips from John Paul’s nearly 27-year pontificate and are being maintained by Vatican Radio and of the Vatican Television Centre.

The Vatican announced in January that John Paul II, who died in 2005, would be beatified later this year.

The social networking campaign around his beatification comes after Pope Benedict praised online social media, even while identifying some dangers of the new technology.

“In the digital world, transmitting information increasingly means making it known within a social network where knowledge is shared in the context of personal exchanges,” Benedict said in a January statement for the church’s World Communications Day.

“This dynamic has contributed to a new appreciation of communication itself, which is seen first of all as dialogue, exchange, solidarity and the creation of positive relations,” he said.

In order for a candidate to be beatified, one miracle after death must be proved through the scrutiny of medical and theological experts.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Catholic Church • Pope Benedict XVI • Pope John Paul II

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  1. i love you 2

    P

    March 16, 2011 at 7:10 am |
    • Reality

      All the good public relations in the world will not save the RCC as it fails theologically in less than 3000 words:

      From that famous passage: In 1 Corinthians 15 St. Paul reasoned, "If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith."

      To wit;

      From a major Catholic university's theology grad school white-board notes:

      "Heaven is a Spirit state or spiritual reality of union with God in love, without earthly – earth bound distractions.
      Jesus and Mary's bodies are therefore not in Heaven.

      Most believe that it to mean that the personal spiritual self that survives death is in continuity with the self we were while living on earth as an embodied person.

      Again, the physical Resurrection (meaning a resuscitated corpse returning to life), Ascension (of Jesus' crucified corpse), and Assumption (Mary's corpse) into heaven did not take place.

      The Ascension symbolizes the end of Jesus' earthly ministry and the beginning of the Church.

      Only Luke's Gospel records it. The Assumption ties Jesus' mission to Pentecost and missionary activity of Jesus' followers The Assumption has multiple layers of symbolism, some are related to Mary's special role as "Christ bearer" (theotokos). It does not seem fitting that Mary, the body of Jesus' Virgin-Mother (another biblically based symbol found in Luke 1) would be derived by worms upon her death. Mary's assumption also shows God's positive regard, not only for Christ's male body, but also for female bodies."

      "In three controversial Wednesday Audiences, Pope John Paul II pointed out that the essential characteristic of heaven, hell or purgatory is that they are states of being of a spirit (angel/demon) or human soul, rather than places, as commonly perceived and represented in human language. This language of place is, according to the Pope, inadequate to describe the realities involved, since it is tied to the temporal order in which this world and we exist. In this he is applying the philosophical categories used by the Church in her theology and saying what St. Thomas Aquinas said long before him."
      http://eternal-word.com/library/PAPALDOC/JP2HEAVN....

      An added note: As per R.B. Stewart in his introduction to the recent book, The Resurrection of Jesus, Crossan and Wright in Dialogue, o p.168. by Ted Peters:
      "Even so, asking historical questions is our responsibility. Did Jesus really rise from the tomb? Is it necessary to have been raised from the tomb and to appear to his disciples in order to explain the rise of early church and the transcription of the bible? Crossan answers no, Wright answers, yes. "

      So where are the bones? As per Professor Crossan's analyses in his many books (1990 to date), the body of Jesus would have ended up in the mass graves of the crucified, eaten by wild dogs, with lime in a shallow grave, or under a pile of stones.

      March 16, 2011 at 8:41 am |
    • Syriac

      Reality, so you said:
      "So where are the bones? As per Professor Crossan's analyses in his many books (1990 to date), the body of Jesus would have ended up in the mass graves of the crucified, eaten by wild dogs, with lime in a shallow grave, or under a pile of stones."
      Just read the Bible. A man named Joseph of Arimethea (A rich guy) offered the tomb that was supposed to be his to Jesus. So as you can see Jesus' body (for the 3 days) was laid in a tomb that was on its own, and not in the mass graves of the crucified. If the body was still here, it would of been easier to find. He is risen, and I just gave you proof.

      March 16, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  2. dr feelgud

    poke

    March 16, 2011 at 7:09 am |
  3. Carmela

    TODAY IS JOHN 3:16 DAY ..... one of the most important verses in the Bible .... T "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

    March 16, 2011 at 6:56 am |
    • SeanNJ

      Oh yeah? Well Austin 3:16 says I just whooped your a.s.s, and that's the bottom line 'cause Stone Cold says so.

      March 16, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  4. Katie

    A Facebook page, really?? how ridiculous is this..... Some things should remain the way they are..

    March 16, 2011 at 6:52 am |
  5. WeNeverWentToTheMoon

    "we never went to the moon... but buzz thinks he did!" - neil

    March 16, 2011 at 6:30 am |
  6. theoldadam

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    Just a matter of time before the Virgin Mary gets her own page?

    March 16, 2011 at 4:10 am |
  7. raven26

    While few would argue the impact Pope John Paul II had on the world, wouldn't it be more useful to show the activities of the Church in the present? Wouldn't the faithful engaging in dialogue with each other, with those of other faiths, or even no faith be more useful?

    March 16, 2011 at 2:21 am |
  8. BigFatCryBaby

    What is Reality doing ? Bodies are not "derived" by worms. Derived ? What ?

    The church traditionally did not begin at the Ascension, but on Pentecost with the coming of the Spirit.
    I may agree with you fundamentally in many ways, but we should get our stories straight. The Assumption is the mythological answer to the systemic problems created by stating that Mary was free from Original Sin, and thus needed to be incorrupt, and free of death. So they made up the Dormition, (Mary's falling "asleep") and the Assumption. The Assumption ties nothing to nothing. It was a much later development, and clearly not a part of anything that was important to the early church. Even Paul, who substantially changed what the Jerusalem church, headed by Jesus' brother James, taught and thought, NEVER mentions anything about Mary, (or the Assumption). Yet the development of the female ideal of the middle ages and the Marian mythology, and chivalry, and respect for women was a huge step forward for Western Civilization, and can't be dismissed as unimportant.

    Can you folks explain to me how a phase change from purgatory to heaven is possible in a dimension that is timeless, the eternal now, outside space-time ? I wish I could resolve that question.

    I also have a problem with the J2P2 thing. If god were a loving being, why would she chose to heal one French nun from Parkinson's Disease, and not the millions of others who suffer from it too ? I honestly wish I could see a resolution to that.

    March 16, 2011 at 2:15 am |
    • Reality

      Was Pentecost an historical event or simply more myth concocted by Luke to gain members to the newest cult in town??

      e.g. Luke, the only gospel writer to note the Pentecost, started this tale in Luke 24:49 i.e. a single attestation and therer historically unreliable.

      http://wiki.faithfutures.org/index.php?t-itle=479_The_Promised_Spirit

      March 16, 2011 at 10:51 am |
    • CatholicMom

      BigFatCryBaby,

      Jesus Christ promised the Paraclete who would guide and guard His Church and bring to mind all that He had taught the Apostles and to bring them into the fullness of Truth as we can bear it. This promise is carried out through His Church. As we need to know a Truth, it is revealed.

      John 14:26
      But the Paraclete, the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring all things to your mind, whatsoever I shall have said to you.

      God knows all Truth and when we have been purified as through fire and made perfect, we shall enter Heaven. This is a ‘purging’. With God all things are possible.

      1Corinthians 3:15
      If any man's work burn, he shall suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved, yet so as by fire.

      Matthew 19:26
      And Jesus beholding, said to them: With men this is impossible: but with God all things are possible.

      With some there never would be enough miracles; for if it should happen even to themselves they would not believe and give acknowledgment to something or someone or to undetected circu-mstances; these are the same people who do not see that there is glory in suffering when a person joins their sufferings to those of Christ. For it is He who can take suffering and turn it into to good for the world. See what His suffering accomplished: life everlasting for those who believe…and believing means doing the Father’s will.

      John 3:16
      For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting.

      March 16, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
    • Magic

      CatholicMom,

      "With some there never would be enough miracles;..."

      An All-Knowing "God" would know how to solve this. An All-Loving one would do it.

      March 16, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Magic,

      An All-Knowing God would know how to solve it…and He did.

      Those who wish to believe one way verses another can do so due to the immense love God has for each person….He will not do anything to cause you to be controlled in the least as a robot. It solves the problem; most people have faith in God due to their freewill of belief in God as True; those few others have their freewill also and do as they wish as well. An All-Loving God has made it so for all. Out of His love for you He refuses to take away any of your freewill to cause you to do other than what you wish to do.

      After you realize that love is something you do because you desire to love…you will understand God in a truer way.

      If you have children you desire to love them. You treat them with ‘sunshine’ though you know they may have ‘cloudy days’ sometimes. You help see them through their heartaches with love. Jesus Christ did everything wonderful for us so that we may have life everlasting, a gift. What we do with our freewill is our own choice…if you have a child you most likely taught your child right actions rather than wrong actions, so his life will most likely be a happy life. If he disregarded your teachings he may have less happiness. You did the best you could, right? Well, God in His Infinite Knowledge and Infinite Love is our Master Teacher…He gave us His Church, the Bible, and the Magisterium to always be with us, His children; He did not abandon us or kick us out and say, ‘ You are on your own from now on.’ No, He put a conscience in us to remind us of His teachings. Sometimes a child may say, ‘I heard my mother’s words in the back of my head….’ , kind of a similar thing…only God’s Way is far superior to our way.

      Now some people ignore their conscience and their flash-backs to their childhood days and parental teachings…but they do so out of choices they make which no one can deny.

      March 16, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
    • Magic

      CatholicMom,

      Thanks for trying, I know you mean well; but that is not sufficient proof for me.

      Your human parent/child analogy is very weak. I am quite happy not following some of my parents' wishes; and my children are quite happy not following some of mine.

      March 17, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  9. CatholicMom

    Jesus was the Greatest Communicator of all. People are still listening to His Word today in ever increasing numbers! Pope John Paul II was a great communicator also.

    March 15, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
    • Reality

      Actually, it was P, M, M, L and J who communicated one of the great semi-fictional tales ranking it with the Greek stories of myth and mayhem.

      Again the problem is in the history. Did this simple preacher man, an illiterate rabbi at best, establish a church? No, based on the lack of historical proof e.g. "Thou art Peter" (Matt 16: 18-19) passage only appears in one gospel." Matthew, whomever he was, was therefore a part founder/"necessary accessory" of the Catholic Church, as was Mark, Luke, John, Paul, James his brother, Mary Magdelene, Mary, Joseph and another father if you believe the ma-mzer stories, the Apostles and Pilate. It was a team effort with Pilate being the strangest "necessary accessory".

      March 15, 2011 at 11:58 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Reality, you refuse to answer my posts of the following scriptures. I would really like your input of the following.

      Genesis 2:7: "And the Lord God formed man of the DUST OF THE GROUND, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul." Surely, you don't take Genesis 2:7 seriously? Do you?

      Psalm 8:8: ". . . whatsoever passeth through the PATHS OF THE SEAS." How did David (the writer of Psalms) know, over 2,000 years ago, there were "paths in the seas"? David probably never even saw an ocean!

      Ecclesiastes 1:7: "All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again." How did the writer of Ecclesiastes know the water cycle of condensation and evaporation in 1000 B.C.?

      Job 38:19: "Where is THE WAY where light dwelleth?" How come Job didn't say where is THE PLACE where light dwelleth? Because light is always moving. How did Job know something in 1500 B.C. ?

      Ecclesiastes 1:6: "The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again ACCORDING TO HIS CIRCUITS." How did the writer of Ecclesiastes know the wind traveled within circuits? How did he know with their so-called limited knowledge thousands of years ago?

      Leviticus 17:11: For the life of the flesh is in the blood. What Moses wrote in 1490 B.C. written thousands of years ago, by men with such limited knowledge?

      Amen.

      March 16, 2011 at 12:18 am |
    • HotAirAce

      @HeavenScent

      You have repeatedly posted the above questions and answers have been given to show that you are full of sh!t. Your questions assume the existence of your god and the validity of your book of silliness and the jesus myth. You and every other believer have failed to establish the factual basis for your assertion that they are more than myths. Non-believers do not have to play "what if" games any more. The onus is on you to "put up or shut up!". I look forward to your novel argument for the basis of your beliefs. Once you are successful there we can discuss the details of your silly points.

      March 16, 2011 at 12:54 am |
    • CoolJoker

      ey HAAce! was HSen talking to you? How about, ShuttingTFO YOURSELF first?!!!

      March 16, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
    • KingColdHeart

      HotAirAce just wants some girly attention.

      March 17, 2011 at 1:24 am |
    • HotAirAce

      @HeavenScent, CoolJoker and KingColdHeart

      I don't see a novel or successful argument for the existence of any gods so must conclude you agree with me. Thank You!

      March 17, 2011 at 1:33 am |
  10. Carlos (Jesus follower)

    It's ALL about Jesus!!!

    March 15, 2011 at 11:32 pm |
  11. charlie brown

    I hope he doesn't come friends with any underage boys.

    March 15, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
    • gerald

      Gee where did you come up with that? Let that bigotry shine!

      March 15, 2011 at 11:15 pm |
    • charlie brown

      I know It's completey fine for the catholic church to touch children but for me to point it out with a poor joke, that's horrible bigotry. You disillusioned fools should get your priorities straight. Well god forgives all especially people who spreads his word, regardless of how many real lives they have ruined.

      March 15, 2011 at 11:49 pm |
  12. Tiny the Aussie

    Another means of propaganda. I recently deleted my facebook account. This is a truly anti social device. Why do people want everyone else to know about their lives. Be humble, be honest and respect our earth and your fellow man. There is no where else to flee to at the moment. Religions and greed are shaping Armagedon. Enjoy the rest of our lives without conflict hatered, greed and propaganda.

    March 15, 2011 at 9:55 pm |
  13. Crazyhorse

    JP2!!

    March 15, 2011 at 9:51 pm |
  14. gerald

    Long live JP II the great. He is with Jesus! God bless all you as well. God loves you even if you hate JP II.

    March 15, 2011 at 9:29 pm |
    • Frederica

      A good Christian.

      March 15, 2011 at 9:34 pm |
  15. Zeus

    I'm baaaack!!
    Now worship me, or else!

    P.S. I love you!

    March 15, 2011 at 9:07 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Sorry Zeus, the Egyptians pushed you out of the way and made themselves a god.

      March 16, 2011 at 12:36 am |
    • HotAirAce

      In exactly the same manner as you christians are trying to push aside all other religions to create your god. Times have changed though and us atheists are calling "bullish!t" on all your manmade tribal myths. Christianity is crumbling before your eyes but your head is too far up your ass for you to know.

      March 16, 2011 at 12:43 am |
    • myklds

      Better for you to pull yours (head) out of your ass and have some fresh and ColdAirAce. lol!

      March 16, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
  16. dude

    so now what? If I "friend" J2P2, will he friend me back?

    March 15, 2011 at 8:46 pm |
  17. T-party

    of course religion is man made. facebook,youtube koran,bible,internet are all created by man. science is about facts. religion is about faith,opinions and culture.

    March 15, 2011 at 7:54 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      T-party, the science community doesn't need your help. They canceled your membership of worshiping them. You can beam back to earth now.

      March 16, 2011 at 12:10 am |
    • x

      Yeah I'm sure t party worships science. I say that sarcastically.

      March 16, 2011 at 12:18 am |
    • Syriac

      T-Party, let me ask you, how many scientific theories were said and accepted to be facts until they were proven wrong? let me think a little, oh wait MANY. Science has theories that come and go. Scientists always change their OPINION on what causes this or that.

      March 16, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  18. HotAirAce

    I certainly won't be asking to be a friend of this criminal pope-a-dope.

    March 15, 2011 at 7:46 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Hot Air, you wouldn't comprehend his spiritual conversation with that carnal mind of yours.

      Peace.

      March 16, 2011 at 12:08 am |
    • HotAirAce

      What's to comprehend – he's a protector of child abusers, presented a fairy tale as the truth and you are mentally I'll? What did I miss?

      March 16, 2011 at 12:38 am |
    • myklds

      Nope, it's the other way around. You've just made the well-presented truth as fairy tale. Better for you to be admitted in the place where your idol Gallileo and pythagoras miserably spent the rest of their lives.

      March 16, 2011 at 9:54 pm |
  19. Reality

    All the good public relations in the world will not save the RCC as it fails theologically in less than 3000 words:

    From that famous passage: In 1 Corinthians 15 St. Paul reasoned, "If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith."

    To wit;

    From a major Catholic university's theology grad school white-board notes:

    "Heaven is a Spirit state or spiritual reality of union with God in love, without earthly – earth bound distractions.
    Jesus and Mary's bodies are therefore not in Heaven.

    Most believe that it to mean that the personal spiritual self that survives death is in continuity with the self we were while living on earth as an embodied person.

    Again, the physical Resurrection (meaning a resuscitated corpse returning to life), Ascension (of Jesus' crucified corpse), and Assumption (Mary's corpse) into heaven did not take place.

    The Ascension symbolizes the end of Jesus' earthly ministry and the beginning of the Church.

    Only Luke's Gospel records it. The Assumption ties Jesus' mission to Pentecost and missionary activity of Jesus' followers The Assumption has multiple layers of symbolism, some are related to Mary's special role as "Christ bearer" (theotokos). It does not seem fitting that Mary, the body of Jesus' Virgin-Mother (another biblically based symbol found in Luke 1) would be derived by worms upon her death. Mary's assumption also shows God's positive regard, not only for Christ's male body, but also for female bodies."

    "In three controversial Wednesday Audiences, Pope John Paul II pointed out that the essential characteristic of heaven, hell or purgatory is that they are states of being of a spirit (angel/demon) or human soul, rather than places, as commonly perceived and represented in human language. This language of place is, according to the Pope, inadequate to describe the realities involved, since it is tied to the temporal order in which this world and we exist. In this he is applying the philosophical categories used by the Church in her theology and saying what St. Thomas Aquinas said long before him."
    http://eternal-word.com/library/PAPALDOC/JP2HEAVN....

    An added note: As per R.B. Stewart in his introduction to the recent book, The Resurrection of Jesus, Crossan and Wright in Dialogue, o p.168. by Ted Peters:
    "Even so, asking historical questions is our responsibility. Did Jesus really rise from the tomb? Is it necessary to have been raised from the tomb and to appear to his disciples in order to explain the rise of early church and the transcription of the bible? Crossan answers no, Wright answers, yes. "

    So where are the bones? As per Professor Crossan's analyses in his many books, the body of Jesus would have ended up in the mass graves of the crucified, eaten by wild dogs, with lime in a shallow grave, or under a pile of stones.

    March 15, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
    • gerald

      Ah the great theologian Reality, or is this just a bunch more cuts and pastes by someone else. Tell me Reality, why does the biblical account that Joseph of Arimetheas took the body, have to be false? It doesn't require anything supernatural and yet you even reject this account and go with what some "scholar" or "expert" says. Reality, your posts are hardly worth the time. You can't even post your own info. You have to cut and paste from others. Sad.

      March 15, 2011 at 7:33 pm |
    • Reality

      "Development of legends-

      Since the 2nd century, a mass of legendary detail has accu-mulated around the figure of Joseph of Arimathea in addition to the New Testament references. Joseph is referenced in apocryphal and non-canonical accounts such as the Acts of Pilate,[3] a text often appended to the medieval Gospel of Nicodemus and The Narrative of Joseph, and mentioned in the works of early church historians such as Irenaeus (125 – 189), Hippolytus (170 – 236), Tertullian (155 – 222) and Eusebius (260 – 340), who added details not found in the canonical accounts. Hilary of Poitiers (300 – 367) enriched the legend, and Saint John Chrysostom (347 – 407), the Patriarch of Constantinople, was the first to write[4] that Joseph was one of the Seventy Apostles appointed in Luke 10.

      During the late 12th century, Joseph became connected with the Arthurian cycle, appearing in them as the first keeper of the Holy Grail. This idea first appears in Robert de Boron's Joseph d'Arimathie, in which Joseph receives the Grail from an apparition of Jesus and sends it with his followers to Britain. This theme is elaborated upon in Boron's sequels and in subsequent Arthurian works penned by others. Later retellings of the story contend that Joseph of Arimathea himself travelled to Britain and became the first Christian bishop in the Isles.[5]"- Wikipedia with supporting references

      After thorough analyses of all the available scripture, Professor JD Crossan's conclusion:

      "Nobody knew what had happened to Jesus' body. ... by Easter morning, those who cared did not know where it was, and those who knew did not care."

      March 15, 2011 at 11:53 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Gerald, reality follows opinions of those that died in the late 1800s or mid 1500s. So much for him knowing what God has unveiled for believers in our day. Reality's post are bogus, and he has no clue how outdated they are. He needs to stop searching the net for answers and read the Bible on his own. I answered his post regarding Jefferson, Ingersoll, Luther, and Calvin and of course those guys living and dying at the time couldn't possibly fathom the Book of Revelation, just as they couldn't fathom our technology today. I would assume they'd write insane when reading descriptions about computers, vehicles, microwaves etc. of today. They still road horses as a means of transportation, or at least, had a carriage pulled by a team of horses.

      Peace.

      March 16, 2011 at 12:04 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Reality, for those of us that read the Bible know Jesus is TRUTH. Absolutely, positively, AWESOME, He takes your breath away.

      Try it some time.

      Amen.

      March 16, 2011 at 12:30 am |
    • x

      I encourage all people to read the bible, the same goes for the kabul, the koran, the book of mormon, teachings of confucianism, teachings of buddhism, teachings of the church of scientology (the story of Xenu) etc... Just afterwards learn and read about carbon dating, Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, a 6th grade science text book, the god disillusion and god is not great.

      March 16, 2011 at 12:53 am |
    • myklds

      Darwinian Theory is no better than a 6th grade Science Book. I prefer to read the latter when I'm done reading the Bible.

      March 16, 2011 at 9:45 pm |
  20. The Bobinator

    Another proof that religion is man made. What does it matter what we think of the departed soul of John Paul, God, if it exists, has already rewarded or punished him.

    March 15, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
    • myklds

      Darwinian Theory is no better than a 6th grade science book. I prefer to read the latter.

      March 16, 2011 at 9:42 pm |
    • Evolved DNA

      Mykids..You totally understand that evolution is a fatal blow to your belief..you hide it under a sarcastic veneer. I suggest you use your intellect and actually get to understand what evolution actually says, rather than what you have been it is .Your body is made of atoms that are billions of years old, some of those atoms could \have been part of a tree or rock, or volcano dust eons ago. Even the iron in your blood, and those in the very staples holding your bible together, the gold in the trinkets of religious leaders, was forged in the bodies of massive stars billions of years ago and ejected into space to be scooped up by the earth as it coalesced into a planet. Thats all.. go back to your fable.

      March 16, 2011 at 11:55 pm |
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