Pope Francis admitted that he would no longer be able to make pastoral visits so actively and did not rule out the possibility of retirement.

“I don’t think I can continue to travel at the same pace,” the Spanish broadcaster RTVE quotes him as saying at a press conference on board the plane on the way from Canada.

“At my age and with this limitation (the pope has had a knee problem for a long time, which requires him to move around in a wheelchair), I should save my strength to serve the church a little more, or consider moving away aside,” he said.

The Pope stressed that “nothing unusual will happen, no catastrophe will happen.”

The Pope explained that he did not want to have an operation on his knee, although the doctors offered him. “Anesthesia is not a toy, which is why I don’t think surgery is right for me,” he said.

PTBE recalls that in July last year, after an operation on the intestines, Francis had complications associated with anesthesia.

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