Boston Archbishop Cardinal Sean O’Malley appears to be relieved he wasn’t chosen to be pope by his fellow cardinals.
The newly-elected Pope Francis will celebrate Mass Thursday with the cardinals who elected him, but he won’t meet with his predecessor just yet.
Pope Francis I is beginning the first day of his new life as the spiritual leader of the Roman Catholic Church.
Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina has been elected as the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church.
There weren’t big crowds in St. Peter’s Square today largely because the weather was dreadful.
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.
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.
Cardinals held their final meetings this morning. One hundred fifty two cardinals were present, 28 spoke.
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.
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