Pope Francis says Canada trip showed he may need to retire

Pope says pilgrimage was ‘a bit of a test’ and that at 85 he has ‘to think about possibility of stepping aside’

Pope Francis has said that he can no longer travel like he used to because of his strained knee ligaments, saying his weeklong Canadian pilgrimage was “a bit of a test” that showed he needed to slow down and one day possibly retire.

Speaking to reporters while traveling home from northern Nunavut, Francis, 85, stressed that he had not thought about resigning but said “the door is open” and there was nothing wrong with a pope stepping down.

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