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Cardinal reflects on Pope Francis' first year


Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley speaks in the rectory of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross March 4. Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy

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SOUTH END -- In an extensive interview with The Pilot March 4, Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley reflected on the first year of the pontificate of Pope Francis.

In the interview, the cardinal analyzed the personality of Pope Francis and addressed some of the concerns and expectations that the pope's way of communicating have raised in some Catholics.

Cardinal O'Malley recently returned from Rome where he participated in meetings with the Holy Father as a member of the Council of Cardinals, a group of eight prelates charged with reforming the Roman Curia and to provide counsel to Pope Francis on a variety of issues, including financial reforms.

The cardinal also participated in a two-day long session with the entire College of Cardinals, focusing on marriage in anticipation of the upcoming October Synod of Bishops on that topic. During these meetings, particular attention was devoted to the issue of reception of Holy Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics.

During the interview, he spoke about his work the council, including the first two major initiatives to come out of the commission's work: the announcement of the creation of a Commission for the Protection of Minors and the newly announced Secretariat for the Economy.

How would you characterize the first year of Pope Francis' pontificate?

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