Not only was he the senior cardinal, but he had also been a confidant of the late Pope, a fact that elevated his esteem.
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It all seemed very noble—and frustrating to those involved—until Mark came across an exchange between Mr. Spilker and Ladena Lichliter, who seemed to be his closest confidant, that sent an icy chill along his arms.
James Dashner -- The Kill Order
In the cereal aisle or frozen food section, Gabby couldn’t seem to avoid him, and he became something of a confidant.