Pope Rules Out Retiring Like His Predecessor
[He ain’t going out with a whimper but with a bang – one way or another]
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
MAY 29, 2016
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis says he has no intention of quitting the papacy — a possibility opened up by his predecessor Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI.
The pope, responding to a question from a young person at a Vatican event, said on Sunday “I never thought of quitting being pope, or of leaving because of the many responsibilities.”
The pope has previously said he envisioned a short papacy before going on “to the Father’s house,” but he has never specifically ruled out following in Benedict’s footsteps. Benedict retired in 2013, the first pope to step down in 600 years.