VATICAN-CITY (RNS) — Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the second highest rating official on the Vatican, advised reporters on Thursday (June 23) that studies predicting Pope Francis will retire attributable to his ailing well being “are simply rumors.”
“There may be nothing to touch upon,” Parolin stated when requested concerning the risk that Francis may observe within the footsteps of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI and abdicate the papal chair.
Parolin’s statements echoed others who had spoken to the pope in latest weeks and uniformly dismissed the thought of Francis stepping down.
Brazilian bishops, visiting the Vatican for his or her session with the pope, advised Vatican media shops on June 20 that Francis stated he plans to stay on the head of the Catholic Church “for so long as God permits it.”
Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, who advices the pope throughout the Council of Cardinals, stated in an interview June 9 that studies of Francis’ abdication are “pretend information” and represent nothing mote than “an affordable cleaning soap opera.” Cardinal Kevin Farrell, the prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for the Laity, Household and Life and a papal ally, advised America journal, that studies of Francis’ resignation symbolize “wishful pondering” by his opponents.
Francis’ bodily well being struggles with extreme ache in his proper knee, which has compelled him to make use of a wheelchair beginning in Might. Just lately, Francis has been seen counting on a cane to handle the devoted in St. Peter’s Sq. for his Wednesday reflections, which in latest weeks have centered on the ails and challenges of previous age.
His immobility apparently induced the postponement of a protracted deliberate papal go to to the African international locations of South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, initially scheduled for July. The Vatican introduced final month that Francis won’t be making the journey following the recommendation of his docs.
The 85-year-old pope has additionally scheduled a summit of cardinals on the Vatican on the bizarre date of August 27, prompting rumors that Francis is perhaps setting the stage for his successor. In that very same month, the pope shall be visiting the tomb of Pope Celestine V, which Benedict XVI visited 4 years earlier than his resignation, thought of a primary signal of his intention to step down as pontiff.
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Parolin’s feedback on Thursday occurred on the sidelines of the COOPERA convention organized by the Italian authorities to foster cooperation with worldwide and non-profit organizations. The convention targeted on selling assist and help for struggling populations within the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic and within the warfare in Ukraine.
Requested about Francis’ curiosity in fostering dialogue between the Russian Federation and Ukraine and its allies, Parolin stated that “there are not any new developments.” Whereas stating that the Catholic establishment “all the time stays open and hopeful” that there may nonetheless be house for dialogue, “there have been no indicators up to now.”
Parolin underlined that “weapons don’t construct peace,” supporting the Vatican stance that sending weapons to Ukraine doesn’t represent a viable possibility for reconciliation, however added that this should consider a nations’ “reputable protection.”
The cardinal stated that “there must be an awesome political will by everybody” to make sure that poor populations proceed to have entry to wheat and grain, which has develop into scarcer in international locations that relied on Ukraine’s massive farming exports. Most significantly, he added, “grain should not be used as a political and army device.”
Relating to the chance that Ukraine may be part of the European Union, Parolin stated it could possibly be seen as a gesture “of encouragement and help” for the embattled nation.
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