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Visions of O’Malley as a ‘pope of the people’

As cardinals gather in Rome to elect the next pope, Catholics across the Archdiocese of Boston ask themselves: Could Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley be the next leader of the church?

O’Malley, 68, has shrugged off suggestions he is in the running to be pontiff, although speculation in Rome is that he could be a dark horse. But the popular Capuchin friar likely would be a shoo-in if the electors were parishioners from the archdiocese rather than his fellow cardinals.

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