Two years after he was named pontiff, Pope Francis has revealed that he may be Pope for only a short while more.
In an interview with the Mexican broadcaster Televisa published Friday, the Argentine Pope predicted a “brief” tenure for himself.
“I have the feeling that my pontificate will be brief: four or five years; I do not know, even two or three,” Pope Francis, 78, said. “Two have already passed. It is a somewhat vague sensation.”
“Maybe it’s like the psychology of the gambler who convinces himself he will lose so he won’t be disappointed and if he wins, is happy. I do not know. But I feel that the Lord has placed me here for a short time, and nothing more … But it is a feeling. I always leave the possibility open,” he said.
The position of Pope is usually held till death, although Pope Francis’ predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI resigned in 2013 after 7 years, becoming the first pope to do so in 600 years.