Cardinal Sean O’Malley
The new Pope shares some similarities to Cardinal Sean O’Malley.
The first vote was held around 2:40 p.m. Boston time and black smoke emerged from the Sistine Chapel chimney at the Vatican, signalling no pope has been chosen yet.
Cardinal O’Malley has been serving parts of Massachusetts since 1992, when, as Bishop, he was chosen to lead the Diocese of Fall River. He has been serving Boston for about a decade. But here are five things you may not have known about him.
While Cardinal Sean is often applauded as a reformer after the sexual abuse crisis in Boston, SNAP put him on its “dirty dozen” list of possible popes, accusing him of withholding the names of some abusive priests.
Vatican officials say it is possible the cardinals may decide not to vote Tuesday, but if they do, it would be late in the day.
If Roman waiters and cab drivers are any indication, Cardinal Sean has the popular vote.
Cardinal Sean O’Malley celebrated Mass at his Titular Church Santa Maria Della Vittoria Sunday morning.
In the absence of information, there is rampant speculation. One Italian newspaper polled its writers — asking them to guess which Cardinals are now the leading candidates to become the next pope.
As long a shot as it may be, Cardinal Sean O’Malley and Cardinal Dolan from New York are mentioned as possible choices to be the next pope.
The long-awaited conclave to elect the next pope will begin next Tuesday, the Vatican announced Friday.