Cardinal Sean O’Malley, archbishop of Boston and a member of Pope Francis’ Council of Cardinals (the “Gang of Eight”), has been named a member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

The Vatican announced on Saturday, January 14, that Cardinal O’Malley had been asked to assume this new role. The appointment comes on top of his current responsibilities as President of the Pontifical Council for the Protection of Minors.

According to Catholic News Agency, Cardinal O’Malley’s addition to the CDF

“… is evidence of just how much confidence the Pope has in him.

Considered ‘papabile’ by many, meaning he is viewed as a candidate to be the next Pope, O’Malley speaks fluent Spanish and brings with him years of experience in dealing with the issues of sex abuse and immigration, both of which have been major priorities for Pope Francis.”

Catholic News Agency also offers an extensive biography, listing the many posts Cardinal O’Malley has held since his ordination to the priesthood in 1970.