Date: May 15, 2018 03:40PM
Like Pope Benedict did in 2013 ... paving the way for future popes to retire instead of waiting to die in office.
Wonder if that precedent will ever make a dent with the Mormon presidents? Nah, didn't think so either. :D
"POPE Francis could be getting ready to hang up his red shoes after it emerged that he has thought about retiring.
The Pontiff admitted that he has thought about when it will be time to “take leave” of his flock.
The comment was allegedly made during his Tuesday morning homily although the Vatican has not released the full transcript of his words.
The 81-year-old was apparently reflecting on St Paul discerning when to leave his flock in the care of others – a decision the Pontiff said all bishops must take.
He said: "When I read this, I think about myself, because I'm a bishop and I'll have to take my leave."
Pope Francis was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1936.
He worked briefly as a chemical technologist and nightclub bouncer before was ordained a Catholic priest in 1969.
He became the Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998 and was created a cardinal in 2001 by Pope John Paul II.
When Pope Benedict XVI resigned on February 28 2013 — the first Pope ever to do so — a papal conclave elected Bergoglio as his successor on 13 March.
Pope Francis has previously said that retired Pope Benedict XVI "opened a door" to future popes by resigning."https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6294007/pope-francis-retire-quitting-leaving-flock/