Resignation, health, traditionalists, German synod, travel... Pope Francis explains himself

Resignation, health, traditionalists, German synod, travel… Pope Francis explains himself

Pope Francis ended his trip to Canada as he began, with a historic apology for the harm done to the country’s indigenous people. GUGLIELMO MANGIAPANE / POOL / AFP

Pope Francis answered the questions of 76 journalists who accompanied him during a press conference organized by the plane at the end of his trip to Canada. Here are the key points of his words.

At the age of 85, Pope Francis landed in Rome on Saturday after a one-night flight and six days of intense visits to Canada. His 37th trip outside Italy centered on the memory of the natives he met on many occasions, whom he defended and from whom he sought forgiveness for the Catholic Church.

During a press conference organized on the return plane at the end of his trip to Canada, the Holy Pope answered many questions asked by journalists following his trip. Here are the key points of his words.

Health: “I had to save myself or consider the possibility of withdrawal»

I don’t think I can keep up the same pace of travel as before. I think that at my age and with this limitation (the knee problem that imposed a wheelchair on the pope, letter to the editor), I have to save myself a little in order to serve the Church or, on the contrary, think about the possibility of retirement. This is in all honesty: it’s not a disaster, we can change the Pope, it’s not a problem. But I think I should…

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