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Cardinal O’Malley ready for conclave to choose the next pope

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, whose name is floating as a possible candidate for pope, said his last Mass on Friday before he heads to Rome to attend the resignation ceremony of Pope Benedict XVI and participate in the conclave that will decide who takes the helm of the 1.2-billion strong Roman Catholic Church.

“In these days, there will be endless speculation about candidates and outcomes,” O’Malley, the archbishop of Boston, told about 200 parishioners at the pastoral center in Braintree. “I assure you no cardinal goes into the conclave with the ambition of being chosen for this overwhelming responsibility.”

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