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O'Malley 'confident' cardinals will get Vatileaks briefing

Boston archbishop thinks information will be shared pre-conclave

05 March, 17:48
O'Malley 'confident' cardinals will get Vatileaks briefing

(ANSA) - Rome, March 5 - Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston said in Rome Tuesday he expected that important information on the Vatican leaks dossier would be shared with cardinals before electing a new pope. "I assume that important information will be shared that will help us make our decisions," said the Boston archbishop speaking at the Pontifical North American College outside the Vatican. O'Malley, who some have tipped as a candidate for pope, is in Rome ahead of the upcoming conclave to elect a successor to Benedict XVI, who stepped down on February 28. Some have speculated that one of Benedict's motives for abdicating was the so-called Vatileaks scandal that erupted last year when his butler was arrested then eventually pardoned for leaking secret Church documents that spoke of corruption to the media. Benedict subsequently commissioned a report on the affair, but the results have been sealed away for the eyes of the next pope only, the Vatican says. But there has been talk among cardinals of the possibility of sharing some of its contents ahead of the conclave. "I think the cardinals feel confident we will get all that we need," said O'Malley Friday.