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Pope Francis

This morning.

The Pope will step down before the end of the year, according to a source close to the Vatican

Via Daily Express:

Austen Ivereigh  the former Director for Public Affairs of the previous Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor said:  “I don’t think there’s ever been any doubt that he will resign in 2020.

“He made clear from the beginning that he regarded Pope Benedict’s (XVI) act [of resigning] as a prophetic act of great modesty and he would have absolutely no problem in doing the same.

“What was interesting was he said to Mexican television in 2014 that he believed that he would have a short papacy of about five years.”

‘No doubt’ Pope will resign after Christmas as Francis vowed to ‘follow Benedict’ (Daily Express)