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Cardinal Raymond Burke leads special mass in Wausau

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Emotions flooded the church as Cardinal Raymond Burke returned home to lead a special mass at St. Mary's Oratory in Wausau.

"It was a touch of heaven, really, I thought it was glorious, beautiful, just like he said, a step on Jacob's ladder," said Kathleen Sommers.

Church leaders said the pews were filled for the occasion, not one seat empty.

"The church holds about 400, but we were well over that, so it was packed to the gills," said St. Mary's Canon Aaron Huberfeld.

This visit has been more than a year in the making. Cardinal Burke returns to the area he once called home as the church celebrates mass on the 10th anniversary of its consecration.

"Ten years ago, St. Mary's Oratory was consecrated by then Bishop Burke of La Crosse and today was the first time actually since that day in 2003 that he came to celebrate mass at St. Mary's Oratory," said Huberfeld.

It's an event Amy Litzer said couldn't have come at a better time.

"It brought back hometown memories of when I was confirmed in the year of 2006 and today being my 23rd birthday, couldn't have been a better surprise to have someone spiritual that's connected to me being here," said Litzer.

And she wasn't the only one.

Church directors said the event brought people from across the United States and the globe. Some as far away as France and Germany.

"This is the biggest event I would say, since the consecration, ten years ago," said Huberfeld.

An emotional experience people here said will stay with them forever.

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