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New Pope Shares Similarities With Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley

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Cardinal Sean O’Malley meets with Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio at his residence in Buenos Aires, Argentina December 2010 as part of a visit to South America. (Credit: Pilot photo from CardinalSeansBlog.org)

Cardinal Sean O’Malley meets with Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio at his residence in Buenos Aires, Argentina December 2010 as part of a visit to South America. (Credit: Pilot photo from CardinalSeansBlog.org)

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BOSTON (CBS) – The new Pope shares some similarities to Cardinal Sean O’Malley.

In Boston, O’Malley sold the chancery and chose to live in a small apartment in the Cathedral Of The Holy Cross.

When the Pope was appointed Archbishop of Buenos Aires, he gave up a luxury home to live in a small apartment.

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And many people believe O’Malley would have chosen the name “Francis” if he was made Pope.

Shortly after the announcement of Pope Francis as the new pontiff, O’Malley released a statement saying the world will greatly benefit from Pope Francis:

At Caesarea Philippi, Jesus commissioned St. Peter the rock upon which the Church would be built. Pope Francis continues that mission in an increasingly secular culture, where many people have not come to know or have forgotten that Jesus is our Savior and Redeemer. The world will greatly benefit from Pope Francis witnessing Jesus’ call for us to love God and love one another. We pledge our faithful support for the Holy Father as he leads the Church in proclaiming the New Evangelization, inviting all people to a develop a closer relationship with Christ and to share that gift with others.

May God grant Pope Francis the grace and strength to lead the worldwide community of more than one billion Catholics. The Holy Father has already shown us his deep humility in the invitation to pray with him, for him and for the Church. We pray that the Holy Spirit, who led us to choose the Holy Father, will guide him in witnessing the eternal truths of our faith.

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