NewsPope Francis dismisses resignation rumors, plans visit to Argentina amid health concerns

Pope Francis dismisses resignation rumors, plans visit to Argentina amid health concerns

"I'm still alive." An unusual response from the Pope.
"I'm still alive." An unusual response from the Pope.
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5:16 AM EST, January 15, 2024

The Pope revealed he was dealing with mild bronchitis just a few days prior. When reporters inquired about his current state of health, he promptly responded, "I am still alive".

When asked if the 87-year-old Pope is contemplating resignation, he retorted, "It is neither a thought, concern nor even a want. It's an option open to all popes, but currently not at the forefront of my thoughts, concerns, or emotions."

He further elaborated: "As long as I feel I am able to serve, I'll carry on. When I feel I can no longer keep up, it will be time to reconsider."

Pope Francis Plans to Visit Argentina

In a discussion with the host of the popular talk-show "Che tempo che fa," Fabio Fazio, the Pope was asked about his concerns regarding his homeland. He admitted, "Yes, I worry because the people are suffering greatly. It's a challenging time for the country".

When asked about his visit to Argentina, he confirmed, "It is slated for the latter half of the year". He made a note of the recent change in power in Argentina.

- "In August, I plan to travel to Polynesia, which is quite remote, and after that, Argentina, if feasible. However, I would really like to make the trip," Francis highlighted.

In reference to the conflict in the Middle East, he stressed that he contacts a parish in Gaza daily. -"They bring to my attention the horrendous events taking place. They tell me about the many Arabs and Israelis losing their lives. Two nations, intended to be brothers, are in the process of destroying each other," he declared.

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