.- The President of the Pontifical Council for Health Care, Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, said this week âthe word retirement is not part of the Holy Fatherâs vocabularyâ and that therefore he would continue to lead the Church as long as God wills it. Speaking to the Italian daily âLa Repubblica,â the Mexican cardinal said the Pope âwill continue ahead as long as God wills it, as he reiterated with the Totus tuus (Totally Yours), which leaves no doubt.â
According to the cardinal, John Paul II will continue leading the Church âbecause he possesses an incredible strength, a will that it is out of the ordinary and extraordinary lucidity.â
âBeyond his illnesses and his health problems, the Holy Father has the spirit of a twenty year-old man,â he added.
Regarding the possibility of having a silent Pope, Cardinal Lozano said that âeven without speaking, the Pope will lead the Church.â Itâs not a problem âbecause there are so many ways to communicate and he can write as he is doing now at this time,â the cardinal noted.
Cardinal Lozano also revealed that he was surprised at the Popeâs positive reaction to his latest health problems and that news coming out of Rome is optimistic. âTo see how he is reacting makes us think optimistically about his future and that of the Church,â he noted.
At the same time, the cardinal said it would not be prudent to âlet him leave the hospital too quickly.â âDuring this stage of illness, they must be more prudent and in less of a hurry,â he said, referring to the Popeâs previous hospitalization from February 1-11.