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Pope says he will ask God's advice on retirement, just like predecessor

Published on Jun 13, 2014 8:41 PM
 
Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead his weekly general audience at St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on June 11, 2014. Pope Francis said in an interview on Friday, June 13, 2014, that he will ask God's advice when the time comes to consider retiring like his 87-year-old predecessor Benedict XVI. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BARCELONA (AFP) - Pope Francis said in an interview on Friday that he will ask God's advice when the time comes to consider retiring like his 87-year-old predecessor Benedict XVI.

Benedict last year became the first pope to resign since the Middle Ages, retiring from public life to live in a former monastery inside the Vatican City walls.

"Since we live longer, we get to an age at which we can no longer carry on with things," the 77-year-old Pope Francis said in a wide-ranging interview with the Vatican correspondent of Barcelona-based daily La Vanguardia.

The Pontiff said Benedict made a "great gesture" when he left his position as leader of the Church, opening the door to the possibility of emeritus popes. "I will do the same as he did: ask the Lord to show me when the moment comes and tell me what to do, and he will tell me for sure," said the spiritual leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics.

 
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