PopeWatch: Pope Francis Resigns

PopeWatch: Pope Francis Resigns

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[Gives a one-year notice effective April 1, 2017]

Published Friday, April Fool’s Day, A.D. 2016 | By Donald R. McClarey | the-american-catholic.com/2016/04/01/popewatch-resignation/

The Vatican announced today that Pope Francis will resign on April 1, 2017.

At a hastily called news conference, Vatican press spokesman Father Federico Lombardi announced that the Pope had decided to resign a year hence. Asked why, Father Lombardi indicated that he was uncertain, although recently the Pope had been heard to mutter darkly “Papa Guarda! Papa Guarda!” under his breath after browsing the internet. Asked for the reaction of the Pope Emeritus, Father Lombardi responded that he had been advised that the Pope Emeritus wished his successor well and promised to reserve a place at his future beer parties for Pope Francis in his retirement.

In other news, it was announced that American Mark Shea would be in charge of the English language explanations of what the forthcoming Apostolic Exhortation really means.

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