Pope Francis, on anniversary, says he believes he will have short pontificate

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March 14, 2015 9:46am (Phillipines time)

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VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis said in an interview published on Friday he believes his pontificate will be short and that he would be ready to resign like his predecessor rather than ruling for life.

In the long interview with Mexican broadcaster Televisa, released on the second anniversary of his surprise election, Francis also said he “did not mind” being pope but would like to be able to go out in Rome unrecognized for a pizza.

“I have the feeling that my pontificate will be brief—four or five years, even two or three. Two have already passed. It’s a somewhat strange sensation,” he said, according to a Vatican translation from Spanish.

“I feel that the Lord has placed me here for a short time,” the Argentine-born pontiff said.

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16 comments on “Pope Francis, on anniversary, says he believes he will have short pontificate

  1. “I feel that the Lord has placed me here for a short time,” the Argentine-born pontiff said.

    Not nearly short enough.

    In this instance, I am overjoyed to join my heartfelt prayers to the thoughts and intuitions of the present Bishop or Rome. I seriously doubt, however, that this attention-craving creature has ever in his entire life had the slightest inclination whatsoever to go anywhere “unrecognized”.

  2. THE

    Spontaneous, humble
    Everywhere cameras
    Shooting modesty grand.

    Humble, spontaneous
    “Smell the sheep and the wolves
    But don’t feed, that’s expense!”

  3. It might be better to keep Castel Gondalfo for retired popes.

  4. Much as I would like the present Pope to be replaced, this idea of Popes resigning, is bad, very bad. It is helping to turn the Papacy into a secular institution instead of a Divine one.
    His comment about resigning, and also his comment that he “did not mind” (talk about damning with faint praise) being Pope but would like to able to pop out for a pizza without being recognized, confirms my belief that this man has little idea of the extreme honor God has given him and the high office to which he has been called.

  5. For this we pray to the Lord. Amen !

  6. While many may be deceived by this statement of the Pope, I would like to think that those here can see through it. It simply one of his “I am so humble, that I would be willing to give up my pontificate” ploy. This pope is a control freak (just check with anyone who has ever had dealings with him, both before and during his pontificate) and so I don’t see him ever willing to give up his pontificate no matter what “humble little me.’ card, that he may put on for the media.

  7. “I have the feeling that my pontificate will be brief……even two three.”

    Well, its been two years now Jorge.
    Anytime you want to abdicate I would be more than happy to buy you a one way airline ticket from Rome to Buenos Aires.

    I’m no fan of Papal abdications, but I’m even less of a fan of this Jesuit apostate currently occupation the Chair of Peter.

    When he goes, one way or the other, I say good riddance!!

  8. Yes, but what will take his place? Kind of like thinking, will Hillary be after Barack? I mean could it get any worse? Why yes, it could.

  9. Oh, I yearn for those times when popes would not be constantly busy giving long interviews to secular journalists. Enough is enough!

  10. Let him go get a pizza and never return!

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