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Relatable! Pope Francis Says He Will Retire If He Gets ‘Too Tired’

Relatable! Pope Francis Says He Will Retire If He Gets ‘Too Tired’

The Pope — turns out he’s one of us.

Pope Francis, 86, recently told media outlets he would consider stepping down if he became too tired. (Who among us hasn’t thought the same?)

When asked what would lead him to resign, Pope Francis said it would likely come from “a fatigue that makes you not see things clearly… A lack of clarity when it comes to knowing how to assess situations.”

Pope Francis has been head of the Catholic Church since March 2013, and has shared before that quitting wasn’t on his agenda. However, he recently suffered a knee injury that has caused him to rethink that position.

“I am old,” he said. “I have less physical resistance. The knee [problem] was a physical humiliation, even if the recovery is going well now.”

The Pope has been spotted using a wheelchair at times and has been “unable to stand for long periods of time” due to the pain.

Back in January, many speculated he may announce a resignation when he gave a sermon on the “virtue of stepping aside at the right time'”

“It is easy to become attached to roles and positions, to the need to be esteemed, recognized and rewarded,” he said. “It is good for us too to cultivate, like [Saint] John [the Baptist], the virtue of setting ourselves aside at the right moment, bearing witness that the point of reference of life is Jesus.”

Popes are generally expected to hold their position until their death, although a handful of popes have renounced their position throughout history.

Sounds way more relaxing.

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