Benedict XVI

Pope Francis, unlike Benedict XVI, has no plans to retire

Pope Francis, unlike Benedict XVI, has no plans to retire

Pope Francis says he has no intention of quitting the papacy — a possibility opened up by his predecessor Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI.

The pope, responding to a question from a young person at a Vatican event, said Sunday, "I never thought of quitting being pope, or of leaving because of the many responsibilities."

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The pope previously said he envisioned a short papacy before going on "to the Father's house," but he has never specifically ruled out following in Benedict's footsteps.

Benedict retired in 2013, the...

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