BC Professor: 'Happiest man in Rome is Sean O'Malley'

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March 13, 2013, 6:41 pm
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(NECN/AP) - Argentine Jorge Bergoglio was elected pope Wednesday and chose the papal name Francis, becoming first pontiff from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium.
    
A stunned-looking Bergoglio shyly waved to the crowd of tens of thousands of people who gathered in St. Peter's Square, marveling that the cardinals had had to look to "the end of the earth" to find a bishop of Rome.
    
He asked for prayers for himself, and for retired Pope Benedict XVI, whose stunning resignation paved the way for the tumultuous conclave that brought the first Jesuit to the papacy. The cardinal electors overcame deep divisions to select the 266th pontiff in a remarkably fast conclave.
    
Bergoglio had reportedly finished second in the 2005 conclave that produced Benedict - who last month became the first pope to resign in 600 years.

Boston College Profeossor of theology and religious education, Thomas Groome, weighs in on the new pope.

“I would put my life on it that the happiest man in Rome tonight is Sean O’Malley, delighted that he gets to come home to Boston. I bet the man was terrified there for a while that he might be elected pope.”

Groome says we were maybe hoping one of our own, but it might not be over yet for Sean, as he’s only 68.

The professor hopes Benedict established a precedent of retiring at a reasonable age, so Groome thinks there will be another conclave where O’Malley will be in the running again.
Groome says it’s very significant that the new pope chose the name Francis.

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