Pope insists resigning is ‘NOT on my mind’ after speculation mounted that he was considering stepping down due to health issues
- Wheelchair-bound Francis has vowed not to resign after cancelling foreign trip
- Pope called rare meeting of cardinals, prompting rumours he would leave Rome
- Francis, 85, joked at recent Vatican meeting: ‘Rather than operate, I’ll resign’
- Pontiff tells weekly audience: ‘We must listen to the body and accept its limits’
Pope Francis slapped down rumours that he would resign amid a flurry of health issues, vowing to serve as pontiff for ‘as long as God allows’.
Francis, 85, cancelled a trip to Africa last week due to mobility concerns, prompting fears for his health.
He also told a meeting of priests in Rome last week: ‘Rather than operate,…