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O’Malley mentioned as contender for pope

In Italy, media speculate he could be in the mix

Has the next pope spent the last few years working in . . . Braintree?

As cardinals around the world prepare to elect Pope Benedict XVI’s successor next month, speculation is raging about potential candidates — and a number of Italian Vatican-watchers have begun to mention ­Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley.

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