I May Retire Soon-Pope Francis


*Alludes Frailty


*Says He’s In New Papacy Phsse

Head of the global Catholic Church, Pope Francis, has said he may be considering retirement soon.

The pope made the disclosure while speaking to journalists aboard the Papal Plane, on Saturday.


According to Reuters, Pope Francis specifically noted that his ‘…advancing age and difficulty in walking have brought in a new and slower phase in his papacy’ so much so that he may consider calling it quits. But there is a caveat though-if serious health problems make it impossible for him to continue running the rounds or even the church in the final analysis.

“I don’t think I can continue doing trips with the same rhythm as before.

“I think that at my age and with this limitation I have to preserve myself a bit in order to be able to serve the Church, or decide to step aside,” Francis told reporters.

The disclosure by Pope Francis, who is 85 years old, is not entirely unexpected. In the last few months, he has been alternately using a wheelchair, cane or walker to move around courtesy of a knee pain occasioned by a fracture and inflamed ligament.

In particular, the pope walked to the rear cabin, housing his traveling journalists, with a cane and sat in a wheelchair to conduct his traditional 45-minute post-trip news conference. The action is said to be the first in all of his 37 journeys since he took over from Pope Benedict XVI on 28 February, 2013.

Pope Francis, who said he prefers not to have a surgery on his knee for reasons of not desiring to go through a repeat of the long-term trauma he had from anaesthesia after last year’s intestinal operation, notes that he still hopes to make trips to places he had already committed himself, including promised visits to South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lebanon and Kazakhstan, before taking a decision on future trips.

“But I will try to continue to travel in order to be close to people because it is a way of serving,” he said.

According to him, though he still have plenty of goodwill, the condition of his leg will have a deciding effect on what happens, going forward.

“I have all the good will but we will have to see what the leg says,” he said.

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