March 22, 2023

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Resignation, health, traditionalists, German bishops, travels… Pope Francis explains himself

As Pope Francis begins his visit to Canada, he concludes with a historic apology for the harm done to the country’s indigenous peoples. Guglielmo Mangiapane/Pool/AFP

Pope Francis answered questions from 76 journalists accompanying him during a press conference organized on the plane at the end of his trip to Canada. Here are the highlights of his comments.

At age 85, Pope Francis landed in Rome on Saturday after an overnight flight and six days Serious visit to Canada. His 37th trip outside Italy centered around the memory of the indigenous people he met on several occasions, whom he defended and who he apologized for on behalf of the Catholic Church.

During a press conference organized on the flight back from his trip to Canada, the pontiff answered several questions raised by journalists following his visit. Here are the highlights of his comments.

Health: “I have to save myself or think about the possibility of withdrawal»

« I don’t think I can keep up the same pace of travel as before. I think at my age and in this range (Knee problem pushing a wheelchair on pope, editor’s note), to serve the church or, conversely, to think about the possibility of retirement, I need to save myself a little. It’s 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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