8/9/16 7:00 AM
Image: Pope Francis greets Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley of Boston during a meeting with U.S. bishops at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington Sept. 23. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Today he is one of Pope Francis’ closest advisers. He is considered to be the Church’s biggest authority on the protection of children, and is cardinal archbishop of the third largest archdiocese in the United States. But he never set out to be any of these things.