You can now read 10 articles each month for free on BostonGlobe.com.

The Boston Globe

Metro

O’Malley’s brethren embrace choice

The friars sat in their chairs, clad in brown robes, eyes trained on the television. Was it possible? Could one of their own, a fellow Capuchin Franciscan, be about to step out on the balcony, to greet 1.2 billion Roman Catholics as the next pope?

“It’s like being on the top of a roller coaster,” admitted Brother Matt Janeczko, so close to the edge of his chair that he nearly slid off.

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than $1 a week