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St. Patrick School religion teacher Mary Seyer holds up the cell phone message she received announcing the election of a new pope. "White smoke! We have a pope!" the message from Pope Alarm read. "The pope to be announced on TV soon."

St. Patrick Parish welcomes election of Pope Francis

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The election of Pope Francis was greeted with joy by the pastors of St. Patrick Church and students at the parish grade school.

"I think overall there is just tremendous excitement and enthusiasm for the person who was selected and for the name he chose," said Father John Gerritts, senior pastor of the parish.


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Randy Hanson
Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.
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