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Resignation already in August? Pope Francis denied it

After Pope Francis summoned cardinals from all over the world to Rome, rumors of his resignation began to circulate. Now the Pope has commented on this. But one question remains.

Pope Francis during his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square. (archive image) © Evandro Inetti/ZUMA Press Wire/dpa/File image

Pope Francis has denied rumors of an imminent resignation in August. “It never occurred to me,” the leader of the Catholic Church said in an interview with the Reuters news agency.

Speculation arose because Francis had summoned cardinals from all parts of the world – who elect the pope in conclave – to Rome in late August and is also planning a visit to L’Aquila, Italy, where Pope Celestine V is buried. He was the first pope in history to resign during his lifetime.

Pope Francis: There was no cancer

However, it is no secret that Pope Francis may one day resign. The condition for this would be that he could no longer hold office due to his health. “We don’t know,” he replied when asked when he thought that would happen. “God will say so.”

Francis also clarified the fact that the cancer was discovered about a year ago during his colon surgery. The operation was successful, the Argentine said. He was never told anything about cancer. He dismissed the rumors as schoolyard gossip.

The Pope is currently suffering from a sore knee, which is why he had to postpone his trip to Africa, which was planned for early July. He said the pain stems from a small fracture in his knee he suffered when he tripped while suffering from ligament inflammation. However, he does not want to be operated because after the previous operation he had side effects from the anesthesia. “I’m getting better and better,” said Francis.

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