‘No doubt’ Pope will resign after Christmas as Francis vowed to ‘follow Benedict’
POPE FRANCIS will step down before the end of the year, according to a source close to the Vatican, who said there was "no doubt" the Pontiff "will resign in 2020".
17 December, 2020
The 83-year-old became head of the Catholic Church following the resignation of
Pope Benedict XVI – a controversial move and the first of its kind in more than 500
years. However, a source close to Pope Francis claimed he would only serve for
seven years, stating he would follow in the footsteps of his predecessor. Austen
Ivereigh is the former Director for Public Affairs of the previous Archbishop of
Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor and continues to work closely
with the Vatican.