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CARDINAL PLANS

Thursday - 2/28/2013, 2:33pm  ET

From left, Cardinals Sean O'Malley, Daniel DiNardo and Francis George meet the journalists at the Pontifical North American college in Rome, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. In a final farewell to his cardinals as pope, Benedict XVI tried to dispel concerns about the unprecedented future awaiting the Catholic Church, with one reigning and one retired pope living side-by-side. He pledged his "unconditional reverence and obedience" to his successor. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

The Associated Press

Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley says he hadn't been planning any particular observation for the 8 p.m. hour when the pope officially resigned. O'Malley said the more significant moments for him were when the cardinals gathered with Benedict Thursday morning. "And watching him leave for Castel Gandolfo. There was a certain moment of finality in that."

But the 8 o'clock hour? Dinner with friends, probably. "Pretty prosaic," O'Malley says.

Cardinal Francis George of Chicago told reporters at the Pontifical North American College he would say a prayer "that the Holy Spirit will guide us" as the cardinals set about the process of choosing a new pope, most likely from among their ranks.

Then George joked: "I might walk quietly through the corridors here to find out if I get any more deference from the seminarians."

-- Colleen Barry -- Twitter http://twitter.com/collbarry

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