At the age of eighty-five, everyone would like to retire. Still, the resignation of a pope is not so common and the Vatican should soon replace one pope with another. That’s why recent speculation about Pope Francis’ health inside and outside the Vatican has caused some frenzy.
Why does everyone think Pope Francis is about to resign? From health issues to strange new encounters with cardinals, there are sure to be some damning hints as to why the Pope is headed out.
Find out why Pope Francis will soon be retiring from his holy role and how he wouldn’t be the first pope to do so.
Clues Revealing Pope Francis’ Possible Retirement
Pope Francis has shared that he suffers from sciatic nerve pain and constant knee pain. Now the public has become concerned as he has been seen in a wheelchair in recent weeks. To add to the worry, Pope Francis has decided to postpone his trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan, which was scheduled for July.
Given that he is apparently wheelchair-bound, it seems the Pope would struggle to fulfill his duties abroad, but can he still fulfill them in the Vatican?
Another move has also alarmed the public. He declared an unusual decision to hold a church council to appoint new cardinals during a Vatican holiday month and organized conferences to ensure his reforms remained intact.
The remarkable consistory will be held on August 27 to initiate twenty-one new cardinals. It has been reported that sixteen of them will be under eighty. As a result, they would be eligible to be elected by Francis in a forthcoming conclave.
Previously, Pope Francis has made it clear that he would be open to resignation if his health called for it. In May, while meeting with bishops, Francis spoke of his knee problems, saying, “Instead of operating, I will resign.”
Who opened the door for popes to resign?
In the past, the concept of a pope resigning seemed impossible, even unimaginable. But in 2013, Benedict XVI gave up his role as pope due to his declining physical and mental health.
In 2014, a year after he was elected to replace Pope Benedict, Francis told reporters he would also consider retiring if his health affected his ability to serve as pope. “He (Benedict) opened a door, the door for retired popes,” Francis said.
Vatican Insiders Claim Pope Francis Is Not Leaving
Despite recent rumors and speculation about Francis’ deteriorating health, insiders have said they believe Francis is not going anywhere. Well, at least not that fast.
A source told AFP“In the Pope’s entourage, the majority of people don’t really believe in the possibility of a resignation.”
It has even been shared that such rumors of the pope’s resignation have been a constant since his election. These are considered nothing new within the Roman Curia and are apparently fueled by opponents and those who would benefit from the Pope’s resignation. According to Italian Vatican expert Marco Politi, these talks come and go.
“These rumors are encouraged by the Pope’s opponents who are only eager to see Francis leave,” he said. AFP†
Another indicator of the Pope’s longevity is the fact that he will still travel to Canada at the end of July. As the Vatican shares, Pope Francis is currently receiving injections for the pain in his knee and undergoing physical therapy to keep him healthy.
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