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Lakewood: Cardinal with local ties Papal front runner

5:50 PM, Mar 12, 2013   |    comments
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LAKEWOOD -- Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley from Boston is one of the Cardinals, not only casting a vote for our next Pope, but among the front runners to take the title.

He was baptized at St. Luke's parish in Lakewood back in the 1940's. And to the sisters of the Poor Clares in Cleveland, Cardinal O'Malley is a man they know well.

Cardinal Sean, as they call him, said his very first Mass after he was ordained for the Poor Clares in the 1970's. He came back 25 years later for his silver jubillee. And then last year, for their 800th jubilee, he came back to help the sisters celebrate.

"He came and it was as if he had been there always. People were thronging him before and after," says Sr. Therese.

"He just blended in with everybody, came over to the hall afterwards, it was an ice cream social as it were. And people were going up and talking to him like he was their big brother, really," says Sr. St. John.

The sisters say he has the same qualities as the People's Pope, John Paul II. And as they watch for the symbolic smoke from the Vatican, they're saying prayers for our possible papal candidate.


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