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Pope says he'll slow down or retire: 'You tin alter a pope'

Pope says he'll slow down or retire: 'You tin alter a pope'

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis acknowledged Saturday that he tin no indeed indeed longer journey exist fond of he used to since of his strained knee ligaments, saying his weeklong Canadian pilgrimage was "a small part of a test" that showed he needs to slow down accompanied by every one one other accompanied by one day maybe retire.

Speaking to reporters while traveling place of residence from northern Nunavut, the 85-year-old Francis stressed that he hadn't idea concerning resigning nevertheless said "the door is open" accompanied by every one one other accompanied by there was nothing incorrect accompanied by a pope stepping down.

"It's not strange. It's not a catastrophe. You tin alter the pope," he said while sitting inside an airplane wheelchair all over a 45-minute report conference.

Francis said that while he hadn't considered resigning until now, he realizes he has to at least slow down.

"I exist convinced by at my number of years accompanied by every one one other accompanied by accompanied by these limitations, I have to save (my energy) to exist intelligent to labour for the church, or on the contrary, exist convinced by concerning the possibility of stepping aside," he said.

Francis was peppered accompanied by questions concerning the future of his pontificate following the earliest trip inside which he used a wheelchair, walker accompanied by every one one other accompanied by cane to obtain around, sharply limiting his program accompanied by every one one other accompanied by ability to mingle accompanied by crowds.

He strained his fair knee ligaments earlier this year, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by continuing laser accompanied by every one one other accompanied by magnetic therapy forced him to call off a trip to Africa that was scheduled for the earliest week of July.

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The Canada trip was difficult, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by featured some moments when Francis was clearly inside suffering while he maneuvered getting up accompanied by every one one other accompanied by down from chairs.

At the extremity of his six-day tour, he appeared inside good spirits accompanied by every one one other accompanied by energetic, inside malice of a lengthy day traveling to the border of the Arctic on Friday to on one instance additional speak sad to Indigenous peoples for the injustices they suffered inside Canada's church-run residential schools.

Francis ruled not here having surgery on his knee, saying it would not necessarily assist accompanied by every one one other accompanied by noting "there are still traces" from the effects of having undergone additional than sextet hours of anesthesia inside July 2021 to remove 33 centimeters (13 inches) of his large intestine.

"I'll try to convey on accompanied by to do the trips accompanied by every one one other accompanied by exist near to people since I exist convinced by it's a way of servicing, actuality close. But additional than this, I can't say," he said Saturday.

In other comments aboard the papal plane, Francis:

— Agreed that the try to remove Indigenous the arts inside Canada into with every one other accompanied by not here of a church-run residential educational organization system amounted to a ethnic "genocide." Francis said he didn't use the word all over his Canada trip since it didn't go nearer to mind. Canada's Truth accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Reconciliation Commission determined inside 2015 that the forced removal of Indigenous children from their homes accompanied by every one one other accompanied by placement inside church-run residential schools to assimilate them into Christian, Canadian constituted a "cultural genocide."

"It's correct I didn't use the word since it didn't go nearer to mind, nevertheless I described genocide, no?" Francis said. "I apologized, I asked forgiveness for this work, which was genocide."

— Suggested he was not opposed to a evolution of Catholic doctrine on the use of contraception. Church teaching prohibits artificial contraception. Francis noted that a Vatican exist convinced by tank not lengthy ago published the acts of a congress where a modification to the church's absolute "no" was discussed. He stressed that doctrine tin grow over hour dated accompanied by every one one other accompanied by that it was the position of position of employment of theologians to pursue such developments, accompanied by the pope ultimately deciding.

Francis noted that house of God teaching on atomic weapons was modified all over his pontificate to exist convinced by concerning not only the use nevertheless the mere ownership of atomic weapons while immoral accompanied by every one one other accompanied by to exist convinced by concerning the demise punishment immoral inside all cases.

— Confirmed he hoped to journey to Kazakhstan inside mid-September for an interfaith conference where he ability meet accompanied by Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, who has justified the war inside Ukraine. Francis excessively said he wants to go to Kyiv, Ukraine's capital, though no indeed indeed trip has yet been confirmed. He said he hoped to reschedule the trip to South Sudan he canceled since of his knee problems. He said the Congo foot limb of that trip would inside all likelihood have to exist place off until following year since of the rainy season.

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Pope says he'll slow down or retire: 'You tin alter a pope'

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