National
Pope says he has 2 to 3 years to live
Publish Date: Aug 19, 2014
Pope says he has 2  to 3 years to live
  • mail
  • img
newvision

Pope Francis on Monday publicly broached the prospect of his own death for the first time, giving himself "two or three years" but not ruling out retirement before then.
 
Talking to reporters on a flight back to the Vatican from South Korea, the 77-year-old pontiff, who seemed in good spirits, was asked about his global popularity, which was evident again during his five-day visit.
 
"I see it as the generosity of the people of God. I try to think of my sins, my mistakes, not to become proud. Because I know it will last only a short time. Two or three years and then I'll be off to the Father's House," he replied light-heartedly.
 
The Argentine pope said he could handle the popularity "more naturally" these days, though at first it had "scared me a little".
 
While the pope has not spoken publicly before about when he might meet his maker, a Vatican source said he had previously told those close to him that he thought he only had a few years left.
 
Pope Francis also mentioned the possibility of retiring from the Papacy, as his predecessor Benedict XVI did last year, if he felt he could no longer adequately perform his duties.
 
Resigning the papacy was a possibility "even if it does not appeal to some theologians", he told reporters.
 
He added that 60 years ago it was practically unheard of for Catholic bishops to retire, but nowadays it was common.
 
"Benedict XVI opened a door," he said.
 
Francis admitted that he had "some nerve problems", which required treatment.
 
"Must treat them well, these nerves, give them mate (an Argentine stimulant tea) every day," he joked.
 
"One of these neuroses, is that I'm too much of a homebody," he added, recalling that the last time he'd taken a holiday outside of his native Argentina was "with the Jesuit community in 1975 ". AFP
 

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Court of Appeal dismisses appeal over land
The Court of Appeal has ruled that by mere growing of crops, fencing and depositing building materials on a piece of land cannot constitute ownership of the property...
Foreign countries not worth risk - Otafire
Justice and constitutional Minister Kahinda Otafiire has warned young Africans of the dangers faced by migrants across the Mediterranean and urged them to stay in their home countries and work hard...
Uganda Martyrs
Hundreds of Christians Tuesday converged at the Uganda Martyrs' shrine at Munyonyo in honour of St Andrea Kaggwa, one of the 22 Uganda Martyrs killed on the orders of Kabaka Mwanga for refusing to denounce the Catholic faith....
FDC supporters grill Muntu over party offices
The FDC supporters in Kyankwanzi district on Tuesday grilled the party president Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu for failing to establish offices in the district....
EU trains lawyers, medics in anti-torture laws
The Istanbul Protocol of the United Nations (1999) endorsed by Uganda, contains internationally recognized standards and procedures on how to investigate and document cases of torture...
Pangolin scales judgment pushed to Friday
JUDGMENT in the pangolin scales case pitting environmental lobby group Greenwatch, and Uganda Wildlife Authority in partnership with businessman Smith Ewa Maku, has been pushed...
Should graduated tax be revived?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter