The 76-year-old is from Buenos Aires and reportedly finished second in the 2005 Conclave that ended with Benedict the 16th as Pope.
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.
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.
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.
Former Boston Cardinal Bernard Law is also in Rome ahead of the Papal Conclave.
Cardinal Sean O’Malley celebrated Mass at his Titular Church Santa Maria Della Vittoria Sunday morning.