According to multiple outlets, unusual activities by Pope Francis are sparking rumors he is getting ready to resign the papacy.
The Daily Caller reports:
Pope Francis postponed his July trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan and called for an extraordinary consistory to be held during the August Vatican recess, the Daily Mail reported Monday. Rumors that the pontiff would resign have sine escalated, according to the Daily Mail.
In recent weeks, the pope has heavily relied on a wheelchair to help with mobility and was forced to cancel or modify events at the Vatican after a persistent knee injury caused him severe pain.
The meeting of cardinals will be held Aug. 27, a time typically reserved for vacation, and will allow the pope to appoint 21 new cardinals, including 16 who will be eligible to elect his successor in the case of his death or resignation, the Daily Mail reported.
Journalist and former Fox News host, Megyn Kelly, said her Vatican guide explained this morning that the turn of events was “highly unusual.” Kelly was in Vatican City at the time.
Unusual activity at the Vatican as reports break that Pope Francis may be about to resign. (And we are there!) pic.twitter.com/P2AetNECH1
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) June 20, 2022
The pontiff has not been in the best physical shape, with health issues mounting. He has been in a wheelchair at recent events.