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

Bemidji resident sees conclave up close

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By JOe Froemming / Bemidji Pioneer - ROME – With the announcement of Pope Francis Wednesday, Bemidji resident John Thavis is in Rome as an on-air commentator for ABC News during 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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