It was another classic wisecrack from Pope Francis.
On the plane ride back from his five-day South Korea trip, the pontiff made light of his own mortality, telling reporters: "Two or three years and then I'll be off to the Father's House."
Jokes aside, Francis also made a more revealing comment — seemingly raising the possibility of retiring.In his words, Benedict had opened a door.
Benedict XVI — now pope emeritus — stunned the world when he became the first pontiff in nearly 600 years to retire. (Video via Channel 4)
Could Francis — his wildly popular successor — do the same? (Video via Vatican)
Even though his recent retirement comment generated a lot headlines, it was far from the first time Francis suggested he might retire.
He made this ambiguous comment to an Italian paper back in March: "Benedict is the first and maybe there will be others. We don’t know."
Fueling the retirement talk are concerns about the pope's health. (Via Vatican)
When Francis abruptly canceled a string of masses without explanation, many papal observers wondered whether his hectic lifestyle was taking a toll on the 77-year-old.
The Vatican has downplayed the concerns, noting it's very normal for a pope to need rest.
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