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Pope Francis' selection well-received in Pierce County area

The selection of Pope Francis to lead the world's Roman Catholics is a welcome development, according to two area priests.

Father Bill Matzek of St. Mary's Big River church, between Ellsworth and Prescott, said Thursday he was very pleased with the announcement made the previous day, calling it "a good choice."

"Pope Francis seems to be concerned with the poor and has worked with the poor," Matzek said of his initial impression about the successor to Pope Benedict.

Watch for more information in the print version of the Herald.

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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