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Pope Francis underlines that papacy is a lifetime publish

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Pope Francis has made clear in feedback revealed Thursday by a Jesuit journal that he believes being pope is a lifetime place and that Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation was an exception.

“I for the second should not have that on my agenda,” Francis instructed Civita Cattolica, within the clearest assertion he has made on the problem.

The pope additionally mentioned the resignation letter he wrote two months after his elections was precautionary.

“I did it in case I had some well being drawback that will stop me from exercising my ministry and I’m not absolutely aware and in a position to resign,” the pope instructed Civita Cattolica. “Nonetheless, this doesn’t in any respect imply that resigning popes ought to turn out to be, let’s say, a ‘vogue,’ a traditional factor.”

He added {that a} papal ministry needs to be “advert vitam” — for all times — including “I see no cause why it shouldn’t be so.”

The pope made the feedback throughout his current journey to Africa.

In earlier remarks, Francis has hailed the choice of his predecessor, Pope Benedict, to resign as a result of he felt resulting from advancing age he wouldn’t be greatest in a position to perform his duties. Benedict died in January, practically a decade after he resigned the papacy.

Francis, 86, had surgical procedure in 2021 to restore a bowel narrowing and has been hobbled by knee ache that for months noticed him use a wheelchair.