ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE Pope Francis acknowledged Saturday he can’t travel like he used to due to his strained knee ligaments, saying hisweeklong Canadian pilgrimagewas a test that showed he must slow down and something day possibly retire.
Talking with reporters whilst travelling home from northern Nunavut, the 85-year-old Francis stressed he hadnt considered resigning but said the entranceway is open and there is nothing wrong witha pope stepping down.
Its not strange. Its not just a catastrophe. It is possible to change the pope, he said while sitting within an airplane wheelchair throughout a 45-minute news conference.
Francis said that while he hadnt considered resigning as yet, he realizes he’s got to at the very least decelerate.
I believe within my age sufficient reason for these limitations, I must save (my energy) in order to serve the church, or on the other hand, take into account the chance for stepping aside, he said.
Francis was peppered with questions concerning the future of his pontificate following a first trip where he used a wheelchair, walker and cane to obtain around, sharply limiting his program and capability to mingle with crowds.
He strained his right knee ligaments earlier this season, and continuing laser and magnetic therapy forced him to cancel a vacation to Africa that has been scheduled for the initial week of July.
The Canada trip was difficult, and featured several moments when Francis was clearly in pain as he maneuvered waking up and down from chairs.
By the end of his six-day tour, he appeared in good spirits and energetic, despite an extended day planing a trip tothe edge of the Arcticon Friday to again apologize to Indigenous peoples for the injustices they suffered in Canadas church-run residential schools.
Francis eliminated having surgery on his knee, saying it could definitely not help and noting you may still find traces from the consequences of experiencing undergone a lot more than six hours of anesthesia in July 2021 to eliminate 13 inches of his large intestine.
Ill make an effort to continue steadily to do the trips and become near people because I believe its a means of servicing, being close. But a lot more than this, I cant say, he said Saturday.