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Local church reacts to new pontiff

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The election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis has been called a "splendid choice" by a local Catholic church.

"What has been revealed so far is that he is a humble man with compassion for the poor," said Father Thomas Kommers of St. Joseph church in Red Wing.

The staff of St. Joseph was keeping an eye on election coverage throughout the day Wednesday, and was surprised when Bergoglio was revealed as the new pontiff, Kommers said.

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Michael Brun
Michael Brun is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program. He has worked for the Republican Eagle since March 2013, covering county government, health and local events. 
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