Pope Francis has acknowledged that he might resign if he gets too worn out to perform his duties.
The Pope, 86, warned of “a tiredness that causes you not see things properly” when asked by Italian media what would cause him to leave. a lack of clarity regarding how to evaluate circumstances.
Because of a knee injury, he admitted that he felt “a little humiliated” to use a wheelchair.
I am older. Despite the fact that my recuperation from the knee condition is presently proceeding well, I still have less physical resistance.
The Pope stated last month that resignations from the office of the pope should only occur under extraordinary circumstances and that it was not “in [his] agenda” to resign.
Since taking office as the head of the Catholic Church in March 2013, Pope Francis has been in office for ten years as of this Monday.
He also stated that the war in Ukraine had been motivated by the interests of many empires in an interview with Italian Swiss television RSI, with excerpts appearing in La Repubblica, La Stampa, and Corriere della Sera.
He claimed that “imperial interests,” not just those of the Russian empire but also those of other empires, were the cause of the conflict.
He indicated that he would be willing to speak with Vladimir Putin of Russia to advocate for peace.
The invasion of Ukraine was “possibly in some way prompted,” the Pope has said in the past, despite his repeated calls for an end to the fighting and denials that he is a supporter of Vladimir Putin.
When he questioned whether this constituted him a fan of Putin in June of last year, he responded, “No, I am not. Such a statement would be oversimplified and incorrect. “I simply oppose reducing complexity to the division between good and bad,” he continued.
In a wheelchair, the Pope spoke out against the injustice of war at the Christmas Eve mass the previous year.
The Pope’s inability to stand for extended periods of time due to knee problems was announced to the audience.
The head of the Catholic Church has experienced right knee pain for more than a year.
The Pope has steadily added to the rumors that he will eventually resign from his position should his health deteriorate, while stressing last month that leaving was not on the table.
In the past, he asserted that he had signed a letter of resignation in the event that his health worsened: There is already a rule in place in practice. My renunciation is already on the public record.
I wrote, “I signed it,” “Here is my resignation in case I should become unable due to a medical condition or something else. You now have it “‘I’m talking about Cardinal Bertone, to whom the letter was delivered,’ he continued.
He preached on the importance of “standing away at the right time” in January.
It is easy to grow tied to jobs and places, to the need to be respected, acknowledged and compensated, he added.
It is beneficial for us to practice the virtue of laying oneself aside at the appropriate time, as [Saint] John [the Baptist] did, in order to bear witness that Jesus is the center of our lives, he said.