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Pope Francis expects to die in Rome, “I will not return to Argentina”

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Francis, formerly archbishop of Buenos Aires, says he does not miss his native Argentina, where he was born Jorge Bergoglio, the son of Italian immigrants. Francis, formerly archbishop of Buenos Aires, says he does not miss his native Argentina, where he was born Jorge Bergoglio, the son of Italian immigrants.
In an interview with Argentine journalist and physician Nelson Castro at the Vatican in Feb 2019, the Pope said he thinks about death, but does not fear it In an interview with Argentine journalist and physician Nelson Castro at the Vatican in Feb 2019, the Pope said he thinks about death, but does not fear it

Pope Francis expects to die in Rome, still the Catholic pontiff, without returning to spend his final days in his native Argentina, according to a new book titled The Health Of Popes.

In an interview granted to Argentine journalist and physician Nelson Castro at the Vatican in February 2019, the Pope said he thinks about death, but does not fear it. Extracts from the book were published on Saturday in Argentine daily La Nacion.

Asked how he sees his final days, Pope Francis, who is 84, responded: “I will be Pope, either active or emeritus, and in Rome. I will not return to Argentina.”

The Pope has had to cancel some events in recent months due to a sciatica condition that causes pain in his legs, but is not known to suffer any other major ailments.

The Vatican has always been reticent about a pope's health. According to the new book, “this is the first time that a pope has discussed his health with the transparency afforded by Francis”.

The pontiff, formerly the archbishop of Buenos Aires, says he does not miss his native Argentina, where he was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the son of Italian immigrants.

“No, I do not miss it. I lived there for 76 years. What pains me are its problems,” he said, alluding to the economic crisis shaking Argentina.

The pontiff said he had sought help for anxiety back when he had to sneak people out of the country to save their lives during the military dictatorship.

“Imagine what it was like to take a person hidden in a car - only covered by a blanket - and pass three military checkpoints... The tension it generated was enormous,” he said. “I had to deal with situations that I did not know how to deal with.”

Asked if he saw a therapist, the Pope said: “No, she was a psychiatrist. And over the course of those six months, she helped me find my way of dealing with the fears of that era.”

The Pope has been vaccinated against Covid-19. Beyond his age, the leader of the world's 1.3 billion Catholics is considered to be at high risk: In 1957, aged 21, he suffered from acute pleurisy and had part of his right lung removed.

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  • imoyaro

    Burial in Argentina is probably not advisable. Somebody would probably try to cut off his hands, like they did to Peron...

    Mar 01st, 2021 - 02:06 am 0
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