Pope Francis has fuelled the hearsay mill with a postponed Africa journey and the curious timing of an upcoming assembly of cardinals. The speculations have been renewed by the announcement about his proposed journey to L’Aquila in central Italy in late August – just like different popes who’ve retired.
Speculations arose in early Could after the 85-year-old appeared in public utilizing a wheelchair for the primary time on account of ache in his knee.
The 85-year-old cancelled his proposed Africa journey in July on account of pressured use of a wheelchair.
“On the request of his docs, and so as to not jeopardize the outcomes of the remedy that he’s present process for his knee, the Holy Father has been pressured to postpone, with remorse, his Apostolic Journey to the Democratic Republic of Congo and to South Sudan, deliberate for two to 7 July, to a later date to be decided,” Matteo Bruni, the director of the Holy See Press Workplace, mentioned in a press release just lately.
The hypothesis gained momentum after Pope Benedict made the bizarre choice to host a consistory on August 27 to create new cardinals, a few of whom will likely be eligible to elect the pontiff’s successor.
“It’s extremely odd to have a consistory in August, there is no purpose that he must name this three months upfront after which go to L’Aquila in the course of it,” Robert Mickens, the Rome-based editor of the English-language version of La Croix, a Catholic every day newspaper, was quoted as saying by.
Most just lately, in Could, Pope Francis had joked about his knee throughout a closed-door assembly with bishops: “Somewhat than function, I will resign.”
In July, he’s anticipated to go on a visit to Canada and that schedule stays unchanged for now. He continues to obtain injections in his knee and bodily remedy, in accordance with the Vatican.
In July 2021, the pope underwent intestinal surgical procedure, which stored him within the hospital for 10 days.
What’s the protocol if the Pope resigns?
If that occurs, the cardinals will collect collectively to call a successor. The School of Cardinals, which elects the subsequent pope, is made up of Catholic Church’s most senior officers.
Who was the final pope to resign?
Benedict XVI, Pope Francis’ predecessor, resigned in February 2013 over well being issues. He was the primary pontiff to resign in round 600 years.
Vatican watchers, nonetheless, say a resignation appears unlikely. Rumours throughout the insular Roman Curia – the Catholic Church’s highly effective governing physique – are nothing new, and sometimes fuelled by these with an curiosity, mentioned Italian Vatican skilled Marco Politi.
“These rumours are inspired by the pope’s opponents who’re solely desirous to see Francis go away,” he advised new company AFP.