Northland Reacts to Election of New Pope

By KBJR News 1

March 13, 2013 Updated Mar 13, 2013 at 11:09 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Many Catholics gathered tonight here in the Northland to celebrate the election of Pope Frances the First.

People at St. John's Catholic Church in Duluth gathered tonight to learn more about the ceremony.

Father Richard Kunst talked to people about the process of electing the pope.

He also shared artifacts he collected during trips to the Vatican.

The Father also fielded questions about the Cardinal who was selected today to lead the Holy Catholic Church.

"I think it's pretty amazing, um just working here at St. Johns it was really exciting to see the kids excited about it," said Melissa Nash, who Teaches at St. Johns Catholic School.

"In my class we got to watch the Pope come out, and just..my face...all of our faces were actually surprised," said Emily Paulson a student at Duluth East.

"I'm so excited to be able to live through this experience right now, its unbelievable," said Taylor Wendinger, also a student.

Father Kunst also said that this is an exciting time because we know very little about Pope Frances.

He is an Argentine born son of Italian Immigrants.

He became a priest in 1969 joining the Jesuit Order.

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