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Boston Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley does not expect a change of wardrobe

  • Cardinal Daniel Nicholas DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, left, and Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston, attend a press conference at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, Tuesday, March 5, 2013. The Sistine Chapel closed to visitors on Tuesday and construction work got under way to prepare it for the conclave, but five cardinals remained AWOL from the preparatory meetings to discuss who should run the Catholic Church following Benedict XVI's resignation.The Vatican insisted nothing was amiss and that the five cardinals would be arriving in the coming days. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

    Cardinal Daniel Nicholas DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, left, and Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston, attend a press conference at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, Tuesday, March 5, 2013. The Sistine Chapel closed to visitors on Tuesday and construction work got under way to prepare it for the conclave, but five cardinals remained AWOL from the preparatory meetings to discuss who should run the Catholic Church following Benedict XVI's resignation.The Vatican insisted nothing was amiss and that the five cardinals would be arriving in the coming days. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston, gestures during a press conference at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, Tuesday, March 5, 2013. The Sistine Chapel closed to visitors on Tuesday and construction work got under way to prepare it for the conclave, but five cardinals remained AWOL from the preparatory meetings to discuss who should run the Catholic Church following Benedict XVI's resignation.The Vatican insisted nothing was amiss and that the five cardinals would be arriving in the coming days. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

    Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston, gestures during a press conference at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, Tuesday, March 5, 2013. The Sistine Chapel closed to visitors on Tuesday and construction work got under way to prepare it for the conclave, but five cardinals remained AWOL from the preparatory meetings to discuss who should run the Catholic Church following Benedict XVI's resignation.The Vatican insisted nothing was amiss and that the five cardinals would be arriving in the coming days. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Cardinal Daniel Nicholas DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, left, and Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston, attend a press conference at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, Tuesday, March 5, 2013. The Sistine Chapel closed to visitors on Tuesday and construction work got under way to prepare it for the conclave, but five cardinals remained AWOL from the preparatory meetings to discuss who should run the Catholic Church following Benedict XVI's resignation.The Vatican insisted nothing was amiss and that the five cardinals would be arriving in the coming days. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)
  • Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston, gestures during a press conference at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, Tuesday, March 5, 2013. The Sistine Chapel closed to visitors on Tuesday and construction work got under way to prepare it for the conclave, but five cardinals remained AWOL from the preparatory meetings to discuss who should run the Catholic Church following Benedict XVI's resignation.The Vatican insisted nothing was amiss and that the five cardinals would be arriving in the coming days. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

O’Malley is in Rome along with other Roman Catholic cardinals who will choose a successor to recently retired Benedict XVI. He met with reporters on Tuesday along with Galveston-Houston Cardinal Daniel DiNardo.

O’Malley was asked if he’d continue to wear the habit of his Capuchin religious order if he became pope. He replied, “I don’t expect to be elected pope” and added “I don’t expect to have a change of wardrobe.”

The cardinals haven’t set a date for the papal election.

O’Malley said they want to give themselves time to make “the most important decision that some of us will ever make.”

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