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PostSubject: My reign may be brief, Pope says   2015-03-16, 05:54

Pope Francis has marked the
second anniversary of his election
by giving a hint that his time at the
Vatican may be short, and that he
would be ready to resign rather
than ruling the Catholic Church for
The revelation came in a lengthy
interview he had with the Mexican
broadcaster Televisa, released on
the second anniversary of his
“I have a feeling my pontificate will
be brief,” he said.
He added, “Four or five years, I
don’t know. Two years have already
gone by.
“It is a vague feeling I have that the
Lord chose me for a short mission. I
am always open to that possibility.”
The first pope from Latin America
has hinted in the past that he could
retire, emulating his predecessor
Benedict XVI, who became the first
pope to resign in seven centuries
when he stepped down in February
2013, saying that his decision “is
“I share the idea of what Benedict
did,” Pope Francis said. In 2013,
former Pope Benedict became the
first head of the Roman Catholic
Church in 600 years to resign
instead of ruling until he died.
“In general, I think what Benedict
so courageously did was to open
the door to the pope emeritus.
Benedict should not be considered
an exception, but an institution,”
Francis said.
The Pope also 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
A papal conclave elected Pope
Francis as Benedict XVI’s successor
on 13 March 2013. During the
interview, he admitted he was
“surprised” by the decision and had
only carried a small suitcase to
Rome, with the expectation he
would return to Buenos Aires.
In the 17-page interview transcript,
Francis also said the fact he is the
first pope from Latin America
compelled him to speak out on
behalf of migrants and the poor
because his ancestors had to move
from Italy to Argentina to find work.
“People are being discarded and
forced to seek employment
elsewhere,” said Francis, whose
first trip after his election was to
the Italian island of Lampedusa to
pay tribute to thousands of
migrants who have died trying to
reach Europe.”
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