facebook
twitter
search
search

O'Malley says mass in Rome

March 10, 2013 at 3:08 PM

ROME, March 10 (UPI) -- U.S. Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley said mass at his titular church in Rome Sunday before the beginning of the church's conclave Tuesday.

About 100 parishioners filled Santa Maria della Vittoria, the church designated by the Vatican for O'Malley to preach in when in Rome, to see the candidate for pope, who was introduced by the Rev. Rocco Visca.

"May this be your last visit here as cardinal, and may we be the first church you visit as the next pope," Visca said.

O'Malley is just one of 115 contenders, USA Today said.

The newspaper said O'Malley seemed to shrug off the papal references and didn't mention the conclave except to imply that he'd be going back to Boston after it concludes.

Deacon Tim MacDonald of Boston, who is studying in Rome, said he is excited about O'Malley's chances.

"The people of Boston have a great admiration for him, and just having any American would be amazing," he said. "But the conclave is always a mystery."

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Duma approves construction of $4 billion bridge to Crimea
Putin reassures PM Alexis Tsipras after 'no' referendum vote in Greece
Shark bites Camp Lejeune Marine on North Carolina coast
Donald Trump deletes retweet about Jeb Bush's wife
England deletes 'sexist' tweet about Women's World Cup team