March 14, 2013 | Vol. 94, No. 61

Local clergy excited for new pope

VATICAN CITY — The world has a new pope, and the effects are being felt all the way from the Vatican to the Gogebic Range.

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Associated Press
Pope Francis speaks from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican Wednesday. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who chose the name of Francis, is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.

The general emotion felt by local priests is excitement at the announcement of Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio being elected pope Wednesday afternoon. He is from Buenos Aires and will be known as Pope Francis I.

“I am very excited about this,” the Rev. Frank Kordek, of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hurley, said. “He is a man who lives simply, living in an apartment, taking the bus to work and cooking his own meals. He chose the name Francis, the first...