‘Just rumors’: Cardinal Parolin dismisses chatter about Pope’s plan to resign

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(RNS) — Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the second-highest-ranking official on the Vatican, informed reporters on Thursday that stories predicting Pope Francis will retire as a result of his ailing well being “are simply rumors.”

“There is nothing to touch upon,” Parolin mentioned when requested concerning the risk that Francis may comply with 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, informed Vatican media retailers on Monday that Francis said he plans to remain on the head of the Catholic Church “for so long as God permits it.”

Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, who advises the Pope inside the Council of Cardinals, mentioned in an interview June 9 that reports of Francis’ abdication are “fake news” and represent nothing mote than “an affordable cleaning soap opera.” Cardinal Kevin Farrell, the prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life and a papal ally, informed America magazine that stories of Francis’ resignation signify “wishful considering” by his opponents.

Francis’ bodily well being struggles embrace extreme ache in his proper knee that has pressured him to make use of a wheelchair since May. Recently, Francis has been seen counting on a cane to handle the devoted in St. Peter’s Square for his Wednesday reflections, which in latest weeks have centered on the ails and challenges of previous age.

His immobility apparently prompted the postponement of a long-planned papal go to to the African international locations of South Sudan and Congo, initially scheduled for July. The Vatican announced last month that Francis wouldn’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 Aug. 27, prompting rumors that Francis might be setting the stage for his successor. In that very same month, the Pope might be visiting the tomb of Pope Celestine V, which Benedict XVI visited 4 years earlier than his resignation, thought-about a primary signal of his intention to step down as pontiff.

Parolin’s feedback on Thursday happened on the sidelines of the COOPERA convention organized by the Italian authorities to foster cooperation with worldwide and nonprofit organizations. The convention targeted on selling help and help for struggling populations within the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic and within the warfare in Ukraine.

Asked about Francis’ curiosity in fostering dialogue between the Russian Federation and Ukraine and its allies, Parolin mentioned that “there are not any new developments.” While stating that the Catholic establishment “at all times stays open and hopeful” that there may nonetheless be house for dialogue, “there have been no alerts up to now.”

Parolin underlined that “weapons do not construct peace,” supporting the Vatican stance that sending weapons to Ukraine doesn’t represent a viable choice for reconciliation, however added that this should take note of a nation’s “professional protection.”

The cardinal mentioned that “there should be a fantastic political will by everybody” to make sure that poor populations proceed to have entry to wheat and grain, which have turn out to be scarcer in international locations that relied on Ukraine’s giant farming exports. Most importantly, he added, “grain should not be used as a political and navy device.”

Regarding the chance that Ukraine may be a part of the European Union, Parolin mentioned it could possibly be seen as a gesture “of encouragement and help” for the embattled nation.

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