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Wisconsin Rapids-area Catholic students, staff excited about Pope Francis

Retired priest: 'It was like the Holy Spirit has given the church a great gift'

2:35 AM, Mar. 14, 2013
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Shortly after 2 p.m. Wednesday, students flocked into Room 113 at Wisconsin Rapids Assumption High School. The Rev. James Altman stood in the back of the room, smiling.

"Half of these people aren't even in my class," said Altman, the school chaplain and pastor at SS Peter and Paul, Wisconsin Rapids.

Instead of shooing the students out to their scheduled classes, Altman welcomed the teenagers - from middle school students to those in high school. Students and staff members gathered around the TV in the corner of the room watching for the announcement of the Roman Catholic Church's new pope. ...

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