Rome, Italy, Jul 30, 2022 / 01:47 am
Pope Francis said Saturday that he is “open” to the possibility of retiring if he discerns that it is God’s will.
“I think that at my age and with this limitation I have to cut back a little bit to be able to serve the Church or on the contrary think about the possibility of stepping aside,” Pope Francis told journalists on the papal plane on July 30.
During an in-flight press conference on his return flight to Rome from Iqaluit, Canada, Francis said that “the Lord will say” when it is time to resign.
“The door is open. It's one of the normal options, but up to today I haven't knocked on that door,” the pope said.