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Pope Francis put to mattress any rumors of an upcoming resignation from the papacy.
In a gathering with over a dozen Catholic bishops visiting the Vatican from Brazil, Pope Francis mentioned his well being and plans for the way forward for his reign. The pope informed visiting Archbishop Roque Paloschi that resigning from the Holy See “does not cross his mind,” in accordance with the Portuguese version of the Vatican’s official news service.
Nevertheless, the pope didn’t feign nice well being, reportedly telling the bishops that he was dealing with many challenges, however that he wished to stay the life God gave him till the top.
This non-public, seemingly off-hand remark quashes weeks of hypothesis that Pope Francis was contemplating an finish to his papacy.
POPE FRANCIS PREACHES ON ‘FRAILTY,’ ‘OLD AGE’ AMID HEALTH CONCERNS
The rumors first started after his appointment of recent cardinals amid studies of his well being challenges and the cancellation of a number of apostolic engagements. Pope Francis added gas to the rumors by asserting he would go to the central Italian metropolis of L’Aquila in August for a feast initiated by Pope Celestine V, one of many few pontiffs who resigned earlier than Pope Benedict XVI stepped down in 2013.
Nevertheless, shut papal advisor Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga has beforehand dismissed the rumors as a “cheap soap opera.”
Final July, the pope underwent surgical procedure on his colon and was hospitalized for nearly two weeks. Because the operation, the pontiff has repeatedly complained of knee ache and different unwanted effects that make mobility and bodily exertion tough.
Pope Francis spoke at his Common Viewers on Wednesday in regards to the results of outdated age, aged frailty and the advantage of helplessness.
The pope, 85, has revisited the subject of outdated age and deterioration many occasions in recent times. His classes and feedback on the character of rising outdated — typically optimistic in nature — have taken on new efficiency because the pontiff struggles by way of a collection of well being considerations whereas persevering with his bodily demanding work.
In his sermon, the pope informed his listeners that outdated age was a time when Christians should study to just accept the assistance of others — even within the fundamental duties of each day life. He in contrast the helplessness of outdated age to the serenity of giving up management of 1’s life to God.