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Pope denies rumors and says he won’t resign: “It never crossed my mind”

The rumors emerged after Francis postponed the trip to the African continent; During an interview, the Vatican leader said he intends to visit Russia and Ukraine

ANDREAS SOLARO / AFPPope Francis will not resign
Pope Francis says resignation has never crossed his mind and says he will visit Ukraine and Russia

O Pope Francis rejected the rumors that circulated about a possible resignation from the post. “It never occurred to me. Not at the moment, not at the moment. Really!”, the Pope declared during an interview with the Reuters news agency on Saturday at his residence in the Vatican. Rumors mounted after the pope postponed a trip to the African continent planned for early July, fueling speculation of a possible resignation, as his predecessor Benedict XVI did in 2013, citing a lack of strength to carry out the role.

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Pope Francis is seen riding in a wheelchair for the first time │ Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP

The Argentine pope explained that he suffered a “small fracture” in his knee, which was treated with laser and magnetic therapy, and denied that he had been diagnosed with cancer during surgery to remove part of his colon in July 2021, and denounced what he called “gossip”. However, despite noting that resignation is not in his plans, Francis reiterated that he would step down if his health prevented him from leading the Church one day. Asked exactly about this, the Pope replied: “We don’t know. God will say.” During the interview for the news agency, he talked about the possibility of a trip to Kiev “After returning from Canada”, scheduled for the end of July and in Moscow. “I would like to go to Russia first to try to help in one way or another, but I would like to go to both capitals, that is, to Kiev and Moscow”.

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