Pope Francis revealed in a brand new interview revealed on Sunday that after he was elected in 2013 he signed a letter of resignation for use if sometime extreme and everlasting well being issues made it unattainable to hold out his duties.
Francis, who turned 86 on Saturday and seems to be in good well being apart from a knee ailment, made the remark in an interview with the Spanish newspaper ABC.
Francis mentioned he gave the letter to then Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who was a holdover from the earlier papacy of Benedict XVI. Bertone remained within the place for about six months after Francis was elected on March 13, 2013.
Francis has typically mentioned he would resign if well being impaired him from operating the 1.3 billion-member Roman Catholic Church.
Francis was requested if he believed an official norm must be established for instances when well being issues or an accident impeded a pope.
“I have already signed my resignation. Tarcisio Bertone was Secretary of State. I signed it and I told him: ‘In case of impediment for medical reasons or whatever, here is my resignation’,” Francis was quoted as saying.
“You have it. I don’t know to whom Cardinal Bertone may have given it, but I gave it to him when he was Secretary of State,” Francis mentioned, including he was revealing it for the primary time in public.
In an interview with Reuters in July, Francis dismissed speculative studies his resignation was imminent and repeated his typically acknowledged place that he would possibly resign sometime if failing well being made it unattainable for him to run the Church – one thing that had been nearly unthinkable earlier than Benedict XVI, now 95, resigned in 2013. It was the primary papal resignation in six centuries.
Since July, Francis has made three worldwide journeys – to Canada, Kazakhstan and Bahrain – and plans to go to Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan Jan. 31-Feb. 5.
He was to have made that journey final July however his knee drawback compelled its postponement. He now makes use of a cane for brief walks and a wheelchair for longer indoor distances.
In the ABC interview, Francis mentioned he believed Pope Paul VI (1963-1978) and Pope Pius XII (1939-1958) had signed related resignation letters. Both pontiffs, nonetheless, died whereas in workplace.