Pope says he’ll slow down or retire: “You can change a pope”

Source: New York Post

“Pope Francis acknowledged Saturday that he can no longer travel like he used to because of his strained knee ligaments, saying his weeklong Canadian pilgrimage was ‘a bit of a test’ that showed he needs to slow down and one day possibly retire. Speaking to reporters while traveling home from northern Nunavut, the 85-year-old Francis stressed that he hadn’t thought about resigning but said ‘the door is open’ and there was nothing wrong with a pope stepping down. ‘It’s not strange. It’s not a catastrophe. You can change the pope,’ he said while sitting in an airplane wheelchair during a 45-minute news conference. … ‘I’ll try to continue to do the trips and be close to people because I think it’s a way of servicing, being close. But more than this, I can’t say,’ he said Saturday.” (07/31/22)