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Cardinal O’Malley reflects on trials for next pope

BRAINTREE — Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, one of 11 American cardinals who will help choose the next pope, said Tuesday that the prelate chosen needs to be a sharp intellect, a capable manager, and a strong communicator who can engage the next generation of Catholics and appeal to those who have drifted from the church.

“It’s a huge responsibility and something that weighs heavily on the heart of every cardinal who is going to this conclave,” the archbishop of Boston said, speaking to report­ers at the archdiocesan headquarters. “We see the challenges that the church faces ­today and just imagine how difficult this job is going to be. So we want to get the very best person.”

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