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Local bishop reacts to new Pope

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)-- Bishop William Patrick Callahan of the La Crosse Diocese says with all the firsts that come with Pope Francis, there also comes an excitement about the future of the church.

"When we start to look at firsts it makes people start thinking about the fact that we're not necessarily so entrenched in the tradition," Bishop Callahan said. "We are entrenched in what makes us Catholic and what gives us our sense of history. But we're also very much aware of the fact that there are many new things that are going on and Francis the first will be one of them."

Bishop Callahan says watching the white smoke rise from the chimney was a very special moment.

"It's very exciting. I was sitting watching the news this afternoon with a number of priests and just wondering if it was going to be an American," Bishop Callahan said. "And then, wondering if it was going to be an American from the United States. And then wondering if it was an American from the United States, would I know him? And then how I would feel about the fact that I know the Pope."

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