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Students at St. Philip's School assembled in the social hall Wednesday afternoon to watch the announcement of newly elected Pope Francis. Courtesy of Robb Naylor

Rev. Craig Vasek of St. Phillips Catholic Church: ‘Nobody should have discounted him’

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BEMIDJI – Stupefied was the word used by Rev. Craig Vasek of St. Philip's Catholic Church Wednesday to explain his initial reaction to the announcement of the new pope.


Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, of Argentina, who had taken the name of Pope Francis, was given the title Wednesday.

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Joe Froemming
Joe Froemming is a reporter/copy editor for the Bemidji Pioneer. You can follow him on Twitter @JosephBemidji
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