Pope: God Will Give Me Two or Three More Years

Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 12:24 PM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

Pope Francis on Monday publicly broached the prospect of his own death for the first time, giving himself "two or three years" but not ruling out retirement before then.
 
Talking to reporters on a flight back to the Vatican from South Korea, the 77-year-old pontiff, who seemed in good spirits, was asked about his global popularity, which was evident again during his five-day visit.
 
"I see it as the generosity of the people of God. I try to think of my sins, my mistakes, not to become proud. Because I know it will last only a short time. Two or three years and then I'll be off to the Father's House," he replied light-heartedly.
 
Francis:Pope’s Hidden Life Revealed.

The Argentine pope said he could handle the popularity "more naturally" these days, though at first it had "scared me a little."
 
While the pope has not spoken publicly before about when he might meet his maker, a Vatican source said he had previously told those close to him that he thought he only had a few years left.
 
Pope Francis also mentioned the possibility of retiring from the Papacy, as his predecessor Benedict XVI did last year, if he felt he could no longer adequately perform his duties.
 
Resigning the papacy was a possibility "even if it does not appeal to some theologians," he told reporters.
 
He added that 60 years ago it was practically unheard of for Catholic bishops to retire, but nowadays it was common.
 
"Benedict XVI opened a door," he said.
 
Francis admitted that he had "some nerve problems," which required treatment.
 
Francis:Pope’s Hidden Life Revealed.

"Must treat them well, these nerves, give them mate (an Argentine stimulant tea) every day," he joked.
 
"One of these neuroses, is that I'm too much of a homebody," he added, recalling that the last time he'd taken a holiday outside of his native Argentina was "with the Jesuit community in 1975. "
 

© AFP 2014

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Violinist Itzhak Perlman: Time to Wipe Out Polio Forever

Friday, 24 Oct 2014 15:17 PM

Itzhak Perlman says the world needs to wipe out the curse of polio once and for all , and the beloved violin virtuoso, s . . .

94 Percent of US Hospitals Unprepared for Ebola

Friday, 24 Oct 2014 16:28 PM

Only about 6 percent of American hospitals have infection control procedures in place to effectively and safely handle E . . .

Osteoporosis Screening Misses Many At Risk: Study

Friday, 24 Oct 2014 16:22 PM

Current osteoporosis screening guidelines and tools fail to identify many younger postmenopausal women at risk for osteo . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved