Pope Francis shrugged off rumors he’s resigning as the pinnacle of the Catholic Church.
The 85-year-old instructed Reuters Saturday he’s not occupied with stepping down simply but.
Rumors started to swirl after many thought upcoming main occasions on his calendar — comparable to a go to to town of L’Aquila — meant that he was occupied with hanging up his miter for good.
“All of those coincidences made some assume that the identical ‘liturgy’ would occur,” he mentioned of the whispers. “However it by no means entered my thoughts. For the second no, for the second, no. Actually!”
Regardless of that, the pope mentioned he may step down sometime — very like Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI did again in 2013.
The Bishop of Rome revealed his latest well being struggles left him wheelchair-bound for over a month after he suffered a “small fracture” on his knee.
The Argentine-born pope has been utilizing a cane for months after he developed knee points.
He mentioned it’s “slowly getting higher” with laser and magnet remedy.
Francis, who was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio and was elected to the papacy in March 2013, deliberate on visiting Congo and South Sudan this week however was ordered to skip the journey by docs.
He mentioned he’s nonetheless planning on touring to Canada on July 24 and hopes to go to Russia and Ukraine later this 12 months.
With Put up wires