The Pope has spoken publicly that he may retire early stating that he knows he has a short time before he is off to the father’s house.
Pope Francis, 77, made the claims during a press conference on his return flight from a hectic, five-day visit to South Korea.
When asked how he was coping with his huge popularity, the Pontiff replied: “I try to think of my sins, my mistakes, so as not to think that I am somebody. Because I know this will last a short time, two or three years, and then to the house of the Father.”
He then made a chopping gesture with his hand and whistling noise.
If the Pope is proved right, it would bring the curtain down on a revolutionary papacy during which he has already shaken up – over the course of months since his election last year – Vatican institutions which have remained unchanged for centuries.
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