July 3, 2019 - Statement of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston: "As required by canon law, the Cardinal offered his resignation having turned 75 on June 29. He met with the Holy Father over the weekend, who asked him to stay on for a few more years. The Cardinal is pleased to have the continued confidence of the Holy Father and looks forward to continuing to serve the people of God in Boston and in support of the Pope’s ministry in leading the universal church."
The archdiocese said over the weekend, the pope asked the cardinal to remain in the post he's held for 16 years. Archdiocese spokesperson Terry Donilon said O'Malley is "really relieved" about the Vatican's decision.
"The pope looked at him and said, 'I think we'll keep you on a few more years there,' " Donilon says. "He loves being the archbishop of Boston and so we're pleased that that was settled right out of the box."
On Sunday, June 30, a few anonymous supporters surprised the Cardinal with a full page ad in the Boston Globe extending warm birthday wishes for him and gratitude for his ministry as Archbishop of Boston.