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John Thavis, right, was recently interviewed by Patricia Thomas of APTN TV. Thavis, of Bemidji, wrote the New York Times best seller “The Vatican Diaries” and is serving as an expert for ABC News this week as cardinals gathered in Rome to pick a new pope. Submitted Photo

From Minnesota to Rome: Bemidji resident sees conclave up close

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With the announcement of Pope Francis on Wednesday, Bemidji resident John Thavis was in Rome as an on-air commentator for ABC News covering the conclave.

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“Wow. The first Jesuit pope. The first Latin American pope. The first pope to choose the name Francis,” Thavis wrote Wednesday on a blog in reaction to the new pope.

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