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Magazine calls O’Malley Pope Francis’s ‘new BFF’

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley is not quite a household name outside of Massachusetts. But this year continues to be one of remarkable ascent for the unassuming Capuchin friar who just celebrated a decade as archbishop of Boston.

As the only American on the council of eight cardinals whom Pope Francis selected to advise him on church governance reform, a fluent Spanish speaker with advanced degrees in Spanish and Portuguese literature, and a Franciscan who has long embraced the simple lifestyle the pontiff shares, he has become “the pope’s new BFF,” writes Amy Sullivan in the National Journal Magazine.

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