Pope Francis hints at ‘brief’ papacy


Pope Francis has suggested he may resign his papacy like his predecessor, rather than remain at the Vatican for life.

The pontiff made the comments during a interview with Mexican television, marking the second anniversary of his election.

“I have the feeling that my pontificate will be brief. Four or five years; I do not know, even two or three,” he said.

He praised Pope Benedict’s decision to step aside in 2013 as “courageous”.

“Benedict should not be considered an exception, but an institution. Maybe he will be the only one for a long time, maybe he will not be the only one.

“But an institutional door has been opened,” he told the Televisa channel.

Pope Francis has hinted in the past that he could retire, but said he was opposed to the idea of an age limit for leaders of the Catholic Church.

“To say that one is in charge up to 80 years, creates a sensation that the pontificate is at its end and that would not be a good thing,” he added

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One comment on “Pope Francis hints at ‘brief’ papacy

  1. Benedict should not be considered an exception, but an institution.

    Quo vadis, Peter?

    What, Lord? For life? Naw, my rotation’s over. It’s an institution now. Wojtyla tried to do too much. Benedict saw the light. From now on, we should just go in to target a few more bricks in the wall, the bastion. Oh, by the way, one of those bricks is the old papacy itself. Bring it down to a reasonably sized job, have a more democratic process and more input from the marginalized folks. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

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