Catholics around the world may not wait for long to see another change in the leadership of their church. The current leader, Pope Francis has declared that he has less than four years to live. Although the Argentina-born Francis did not disclose why he believes he has such a short time left to live, he gave hints that he has been experiencing ‘some nerve problems’ which demand medical attention.
Francis, according to the Mailonline on Tuesday, did not rule out the possibility of early retirement from office on account of his frail health, which may him incapable of coping with the demands of his office.
His predecessor, Benedict XVI, stepped down last year, the first time a Pope was doing that, to pave way for Francis' Papacy.
“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,” the Pope said.
Then, somewhat jocularly, he added: “Two or three years and then I’ll be off to the Father’s house.”
Francis, 77, on account of this disclosure, has opened himself up for speculation as to whether he has any undisclosed health problems.
There were reports at the time he became Pope that Francis had a lung excised when he was a teenager in Argentina after suffering an infection.