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Last Thursday, Christian Lopez and Brannaugh Magallanes, students at St. Mary's School in Alexandria, took part in the excitement of the selection of Pope Francis by coloring pieces of paper declaring, "We have a new pope!" (Photo by Lowell Anderson)

Regional Catholic leaders rejoice in news of new pope

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Thursday's election of a new pope has drawn praise from the regional Catholic community.

Jorge Bergoglio, 76, took the papal name Francis and became the 266th to hold the title of spiritual leader of the Catholic Church. He had most recently served as the cardinal of Buenos Aires.


He is described as a low-key person who prefers to be close to the people, visiting the poor.

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Amy Chaffins
Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper. After graduating from St. Cloud State University, Amy’s first job was at KSAX-TV working as an anchor and reporter. From 2003-2010, Amy worked as an editor and reporter for the Pope County Tribune and Starbuck Times newspapers. During her journalism career, Amy earned writing and photography awards from the Associated Press, Minnesota Newspaper Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Amy and her husband, Brandon, live in Alexandria and together write “He Sez, She Sez,” a humor column in the local women’s magazine, Chicz
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