Could Pope Francis Resign Anytime Soon? On his return trip from Canada to Rome, the pontiff answered several questions at the so-called flying press conference, such as the "BBC" reports. The 85-year-old emphasized that he wanted to remain in office. Still, he declared: "It's not a catastrophe to change the pope, it's not taboo."
"The door is open - it's a normal option. But to this day I haven't knocked on that door. I haven't felt the need to consider this possibility - but that doesn't mean I haven't maybe start thinking about it in two days," said the Pope.
"This trip has been intense. I don't think that with the limitation of this knee I can travel at the same rhythm as I have done at this age," he also explained. "I either have to take it easy to continue serving the church or I have to consider the possibility of resigning," said the head of the Roman Catholic Church.
Pope Francis partially confined to a wheelchair
In recent months, Pope Francis has repeatedly struggled with knee problems that limit his mobility. That's why he's often been seen in a wheelchair lately, including during his trip through Canada.