Get to know Pope Francis better

Pope Francis continues to fuel rumors of his resignation

Stars Insider

21/06/22 | StarsInsider

CELEBRITY Religion

Pope Francis is the head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of Vatican City since 2013. Born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Argentina in 1936, he is the first Jesuit pope and the first from the Americas. Francis is also the first pontiff from outside of Europe since the 8th century.

Themes that have come to define Francis' papacy include poverty, mercy, and joy. Indeed, throughout his public life the pontiff has been celebrated for his humility, commitment to interreligious dialogue, and a very real concern for the environment. The pope is seen as progressive and occasionally unconventional, and remains admired and revered by millions around the world.

But now it seems he may be ready to step down from his noble post, or at least those are the rumors swirling the Vatican. Most of the buzz is centered around the Pope's health, as he's been confined to a wheelchair as of late due to debilitating knee pain. In May, during a meeting with bishops, Pope Francis addressed his knee issues, saying, "Rather than operate, I'll resign," TMZ reports. Now, he's canceled a trip to Africa scheduled for July, and he has also scheduled a meeting of cardinals which is highly unusual. 

While we wait to see if the rumors are true, click through and follow the papal life of Pope Francis.

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