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Several Woodbury girls performed with the group Partners in Praise during a June trip to Italy. Submitted photo

Summer trip yields 'rare' opportunity

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Performing for audiences comes with the territory for members of Partners in Praise.

But the pope?

That was a first. The all-girl singing group — featuring 12 singers from Woodbury — was  granted an audience with Pope Francis during a June trip to Italy.


“It was unbelievable,” said Woodbury resident Kirsten Mayer, who was among the girls who sang for the pope.

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Mike Longaecker
Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
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