Rumors began circulating on Monday that the resignation of Pope Francis could be imminent.
Early Monday morning, Megin Kelly shared a video on Twitter about the speculation. She cited many unusual events at the Vatican while she and her family were there, in particular the presence of more cardinals than usual.
Unusual activity in the Vatican, as reports have surfaced that Pope Francis may be on the verge of resigning. (And we’re there!) pic.twitter.com/P2AetNECH1
– Megin Kelly (@megynkelly) June 20, 2022
Speculation of an impending resignation has been mounting for months, especially after comments made by Pope Francis himself.
“When you grow old,” the pope said “You are no longer in control of your body. One must learn to choose what to do and what not to do. ”
He recently postponed July apostolic visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan, referring to advice from his doctor. On Monday, the Vatican announced that Francis would not participate Corpus Christi liturgy due to health problems.
Further speculation has increased due to events that were recently added to the papal calendar.
First, the pope announced an August gathering of all the world’s cardinals, which usually happens when the time comes to elect a new pontiff. The Vatican has also announced a papal trip to the central Italian city of L’Aquila for a celebration first held by Pope Celestine V more than 700 years ago. During this trip, Pope Francis plans to visit the tomb of Celestine.
A scheduled visit to the tomb of Celestine V has alarmed many Vatican observers. A trend has followed in recent decades. Pope Benedict XVI visited the tomb of Celestine in 2009; he later became the first pope in nearly six centuries to resign. Before Pope Benedict VXI, the only other pope to abdicate was Celestine, which happened six centuries ago.
Vatican activity and the apparent deteriorating health of Pope Francis have led many to believe the pope is ready to abdicate and call on cardinals to appoint a new leader of the Catholic Church.