(RightWing.org) – Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born on December 17, 1936. However, in 2013, the Roman Catholic Church chose him to become the Pope. Notably, he is the first bishop of Rome from South America. However, he is now 86 and has many people wondering how much longer he will hold his job.
During an interview with the Spanish outlet ABC, Pope Francis told listeners that he actually wrote a resignation letter in 2013 and gave it to then Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone. At the time, he emphasized if necessary for medical reasons or something else, he wanted the state to have his resignation in hand.
Pope Francis has said that 'in case of medical impediment' he has already signed his resignation and given it to one of the Vatican cardinals. @andi_thonhauser, @EWTNVatican tells more and shares how the Holy Father celebrated his 86th birthday.
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The Catholic leader joked that he does not know to whom Bertone gave the document, although he assumes it was Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the current Secretary of State.
This disclosure came after Francis had surgery in the summer of 2021 on his colon, which left him not wanting to have any more operations due to the side effects of the anesthesia. However, observers of the Catholic priest have noticed he now uses a cane or wheelchair when maneuvering in public due to knee pain.
While rumors have circulated recently about the Pope’s death or resignation, he did not disclose if he thinks either is near. More than likely, he would rather leave that decision up to God.
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