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As papal selection nears, O’Malley’s name on many lips

Cardinal continues to dismiss chances

ROME — Reporters, worshipers, and tourists were already waiting on the steps of Santa Maria Della Vittoria church Sunday morning when Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley arrived, a half-hour before he was to say Mass.

As he emerged from his car, he seemed to stiffen slightly, as if unnerved by the attention that comes with being seen as a papabile, or contender for pope — an improbable situation for the quiet archbishop of Boston.

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