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O’Malley expresses relief after election of pope

ROME — After days of speculation that he might become the first American to lead the Roman Catholic Church, ­Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley broke his silence Thursday to voice his relief that he had not been chosen.

The Boston prelate, in his first public remarks since the conclave that elected Cardinal Jorge ­Mario Bergoglio of ­Argentina, expressed admiration for Pope Francis, but not envy for his job. Many Italians had rooted for O’Malley.

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