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Sat Mar 14, 2015, 01:35 AM

 

Pope, on anniversary, says believes he will have short pontificate

Pope Francis said in an interview published on Friday he believes his pontificate will be short and that he would be ready to resign like his predecessor rather than ruling for life.

In the long interview with Mexican broadcaster Televisa, released on the second anniversary of his surprise election, Francis also said he "did not mind" being pope but would like to be able to go out in Rome unrecognized for a pizza.

"I have the feeling that my pontificate will be brief - four or five years, even two or three. Two have already passed. It's a somewhat strange sensation," he said, according to a Vatican translation from Spanish...

Francis, apparently in good health at 78, said "I share the idea of what Benedict did." In 2013, former Pope Benedict became the first head of the Roman Catholic Church in 600 years to resign instead of ruling until he died."In general, I think what Benedict so courageously did was to open the door to the popes emeritus. Benedict should not be considered an exception, but an institution," Francis said.

However, he said he did not like the idea of an automatic retirement age for popes, such as at age 80.

In the 17-page interview, Francis also said the fact he is the first pope from Latin America compelled him to speak out on behalf of migrants and the poor because his ancestors had to move from Italy to Argentina to find work.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/pope-on-anniversary-says-believes-he-will-have-short-pontificate/ar-AA9J3fg?ocid=iehp

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Sat Mar 14, 2015, 02:33 AM

1. great idea

 

Now if only the SCOTUS would get on board.

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Sat Mar 14, 2015, 02:53 AM

2. Who cares what this guy says?

 

I realize over a billion people do, but why?

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Sat Mar 14, 2015, 02:58 AM

3. He's said that before, but that is the first time I heard him talk about retiring rather than

croaking on the job. The first time he said this I wondered if he had a terminal illness or something--now it seems like he just wants to see more turnover in the job (a good thing, because it accelerates the pace of change).

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