Pope Francis denies rumors of his possible resignation


Pope Francis has denied rumors that he may soon give up his office due to his health problems, and said he may soon visit Kyiv and Moscow, in an interview published on Monday.

“That never crossed my mind. For the moment, no, for the moment, no. Really! “, declared the sovereign pontiff during this interview with the Reuters agency carried out on Saturday at his residence Sainte-Marthe, in the Vatican.

In recent weeks, the pope's severe pain in his right knee having forced him to postpone a trip to Africa scheduled for early July has reignited speculation about a possible renunciation, in line with his predecessor Benedict XVI.

Francis, however, repeated that he himself could renounce his office if his health prevented him one day from leading the Church. Asked when that might happen, he replied, “We don’t know. God will tell."

Specifying having suffered "a small fracture" in the knee treated with laser and magnet therapy, the Argentine Jesuit also denied the rumors that cancer had been discovered in him during his colon operation in July 2021, denouncing "court gossip".

He also considered it "possible" that he would go to Ukraine "after his return from Canada", scheduled for the end of July. "The first thing is to go to Russia to try to help one way or another, but I would like to go to both capitals," he said.

The Editorial Board (with AFP)

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