Rome Newsroom, Jul 20, 2022 / 03:55 am
With speculation running rife whether Pope Francis could resign, and whether he might retire to a residence in the Vatican Gardens like Benedict XVI, it is worth analyzing what the pope has actually said — and how this aligns with his wider project of a reform for the Roman Curia and the Catholic Church.
Speaking with the Mexican television company Televisa, Pope Francis has made it known, once again, that he does not intend to give up the Petrine ministry. If and when he does though, he would not take the title of Pope Emeritus.
Instead, Francis would become Bishop Emeritus of Rome. He would hear confessions and dedicate himself to the poor.
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