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From Rome, O’Malley emerges with a new aura

Brush with fame could lead to greater roles, responsibilities in church

ROME — Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley will be back in his nondescript brick office building in Braintree by the end of the week, the splendors of Rome and the drama of the papal conclave behind him.

But he will not be quite the same archbishop he was when he left. O’Malley’s unexpected emergence in the last month as a serious papabile, or contender for the papacy, has elevated his image in Rome and in Boston, where he has led the Roman Catholic archdiocese since 2003.

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