Sacred Heart Catholic Church

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Chase Freidel was taking a test in Spanish class when someone looked up at the TV and saw white smoke coming from the Sistine Chapel chimney. That meant one thing: A new pope.

"We all looked up, and we all started like cheering and yelling and screaming," she said. "We ran through the halls like saying, 'We've got a pope, we've got a pope!' And like, I ran to the office, and we told them to announce it."

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Earlier this summer, Fr. Herb Hayek arrived from Chicago as the new pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Columbia.