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Published March 20, 2013, 12:00 AM

St. Patrick School watches introduction of Pope Francis


St. Patrick middle school students await the announcement of the new pope in religion teacher Mary Seyer’s classroom on Wednesday, March 13. The excitement built as movement was seen behind a red curtain that hid Pope Francis before he was introduced to the crowd at the Vatican.

  • St. Patrick middle school students await the announcement of the new pope in religion teacher Mary Seyer’s classroom on Wednesday, March 13. The excitement built as movement was seen behind a red curtain that hid Pope Francis before he was introduced to the crowd at the Vatican.
  • St. Patrick School students react with excitement as Pope Francis is about to be introduced to the faithful at the Vatican on Wednesday, March 13. The students, front to back, are Skyeler Siwik, Tucker Davies, Daniel Volk, Benji O’Donnell and Aubrey Stoehr, upper left.
  • Among the middle school students at St. Patrick School awaiting the announcement of the new pope are, clockwise from front left, Veronica Kolb, Claire Matuga, Claire Yeske, Kylie Kelcher, McKenna Miling and Olivia Goulette.
  • Father John Gerritts is the senior pastor at St. Patrick Catholic Church.
  • Father Patrick McConnell is the associate pastor at St. Patrick Catholic Church.
  • Pope Francis is the first non-European leader of the Catholic Church in the modern era. He was Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina, before being elected pope by fellow cardinals on Wednesday, March 13.