Pope Francis has dismissed reports of him planning his resignation saying he is on track to visit Canada this month and hopes to go to Moscow and Kyiv as soon as possible.
In the interview held in his Vatican residence, Francis also denied the rumours that he had cancer joking that his doctors didn’t tell him anything about it and for the first time gave details of having a knee condition that has prevented him carrying out his duties.
On Saturday afternoon, the 85-year pontiff repeated his condemnation of abortion following the U.S Supreme Court ruling last month. He goes on to say that resigning has not never even entered his thoughts for even a moment so ,no, he does not plan to resign.
When interviewed about his knee ailment, Pope Francis explains that he got a small fracture when he took a misstep but he is getting better. With this came his denial to cancer which had been found a year ago when he underwent a sis hour operation to remove part of his colon because of diverticulitis, a condition common in the elderly.
Francis claimed the operation was a great success but the doctors did not tell him about the supposed cancer which he dismissed as “court gosip” and also he did not want an operation on his knee because the general anaesthetics in last year’s surgery had negative side effects.