Pope Francis Predicts His Own Death in 2-3 Years
"Two or three years and then I’ll be off to the Father’s House”
It seems the retirement of Pope Benedict XVI has opened the door for the possibility of Pope Francis to do the same, as hinted in his recent speech.
The Pope has not ruled out his own death giving himself “two or three years” but not ruling out retirement before then. The 77-year-old Pope, who was discussing his position so far said, “I see it as the generosity of the people of God. I try to think of my sins, my mistakes, not to become proud. Because I know it will last only a short time. Two or three years and then I’ll be off to the Father’s House.”
Pope Francis also mentioned the possibility of retiring from the Papacy, as his predecessor Benedict XVI did last year, if he felt he could no longer adequately perform his duties.
The Pope has had recent deaths in his family since his speech about his papal duties and his possible abdication. According to Guardian Liberty Voice, only a day after this speech, three of the Pope’s family members died in a vehicle accident in Argentina. The Pope’s nephew Emanuel Bergoglio was involved in a car accident with wife Carmona Valeria and their two children. Mrs. Bergoglio and one son, eight-month-old Jose, died at the scene, while two-year-old son Antonio died at the hospital. Mr. Bergoglio is currently in a medically induced coma in intensive care.
Although, it was a small note as Pope Francis hinted at his death during the Papacy speech, it brings the question if another Pope will resign just over a year after Benedict’s resignation in February 2013. If Pope Francis XVI were to retire he would only be the third to do so since Pope Celestine V in 1294.