Francis on Spanish Catholic radio Cope denies the rumors of his renunciation of the pontificate: “I had no idea that he was talking about it”
VATICAN CITY. Bergoglio addresses the issue of rumors about his health circulating after the surgery in July and assures that he has not taken into consideration the possibility of renouncing the pontificate: “It never crossed my mind”. Speaking on the Spanish Catholic radio Cope, Francis thus replies to the suppositions of his imminent resignation: “When a Pope is sick, a wind or a hurricane of Conclave rises”.
The Argentine Pontiff has never denied that a renunciation of the pontificate can take place in the future, but suggests that at this moment it is not planned. And from Oltretevere it transpires that for now he would not have entrusted the task of drafting a regulation on what concerns a resigning pope, and that the subject would not be present in the apostolic constitution which is being completed.
On Spanish Radio, the Pope categorically denies the rumors of a possible renunciation. When asked about it, Francis affirms: «A word can be interpreted in one way or another, right? Those are things that happen. And what do I know … I don’t know where they got from last week that I was about to resign! What word did they take in my country? That’s where the news came out. And they say it caused a sensation when it didn’t even cross my mind! ». Joking about it, Jorge Mario Bergoglio also reveals that he became aware of such news much later: «They also told me that last week it was fashionable. Eva (Fernández, Cope’s correspondent for Italy and the Vatican, ed) told me… and I told her I had no idea because here I only read one newspaper in the morning, the Rome newspaper ». Francis does not watch «television. And I get, yes, more or less the news report of the day, but I found out much later, a few days later, that there was something about my resignation. Whenever a Pope is sick there is always a breeze or a hurricane of Conclave ».
The Pope also updates on his condition after the operation on 4 July for a diverticular stenosis with signs of sclerosing diverticulitis, an operation in which a section of his colon was removed. Answering the question “how are you?”, He says with a smile: “I’m still alive”, and then says that it was a nurse from the Holy See’s health service who saved his life, “a man with over 30 years of experience”, who he advised and insisted on surgery: «He saved my life! He told me: “He has to have an operation” ». And this, despite the contrary opinion of some who instead suggested a cure “with antibiotics”. “The insistence of the nurse turned out to be providential”, underlines the website of the Holy See Vatican News, given that “the intervention – therefore planned – revealed a necrotic section”.
Francesco reveals: now “I have 33 centimeters less intestine”, but this does not prevent him from leading a “normal daily life.” I still have the postoperative meds, because the brain has to register that it has 33 centimeters less intestine. And everything is managed by my brain, the brain manages our whole body and it takes time to register. But I lead a totally normal life. I can eat everything “and, taking adequate medicines, carry on the busy schedule:” Today, all morning hearings, all morning “. And on 12 September he will fly to Budapest and then to Slovakia, for the 34th trip of his pontificate, until 15 September.