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Father Don Wagner, leader for the parishes of St. Ann in Wadena and St. John the Baptist in Bluffton. Photo by Zach Kayser, Pioneer Journal

Area priests share thoughts on pope's resignation

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The Pope's recent decision to step down may have startled some, but local priests are taking it in stride, saying he made the right call when he left for health reasons.


Father Don Wagner, who serves as pastor for St. Ann's Catholic Church in Wadena and the parish of St. John the Baptist in Bluffton, said he thought his leg was being pulled when a fellow priest first told him of the pope's resignation.

"The first initial thing was just surprise in hearing it," Wagner said.

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