Bogotá, Colombia, Dec 17, 2022 / 20:45 pm
Pope Francis said that in case of not being able to continue governing the Catholic Church due to an impediment to his health, he has already signed his resignation and has given it to one of the Vatican cardinals.
During an interview given to the Spanish newspaper ABC and published early Sunday morning in Spain, the Holy Father responded to the question of what would happen “if a pontiff is suddenly disabled due to health problems or an accident.”
“I have already signed my resignation,” Pope Francis replied, adding that he did so when the Vatican secretary of state was Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.
“I signed it and told him: ‘In case of impediment for medical reasons or whatever it may be, here is my resignation.’ They already have it. I don’t know who Cardinal Bertone gave it to, but I gave it to him when he was secretary of state,” he said.