Boston's Cardinal Sean O'Malley says he expects to be wearing his brown hooded habit ``until I die'' despite questions about whether he may be a candidate to be the next pope.

    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.''  (Associated Press)