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    Pope says he's thought about when it's time to 'take leave'

    Pope Francis said Tuesday he has thought about when it might be time to "take leave" of his flock ó a cryptic comment that could hint at another papal retirement down the line or a suggestion to other bishops that it's time to go. Francis made the remarks during his morning homily Tuesday; as is the norm, the Vatican didn't release the full text but only selected excerpts.

    Francis was reflecting on a biblical passage of St. Paul discerning when it was time to leave his flock in the care of others, a decision Francis said all bishops must make at some point.
    "When I read this, I think about myself, because I'm a bishop and I'll have to take my leave."
    He said bishops shouldn't consider their vocation as "climbing in an ecclesiastic career." Rather, he reminded them they are shepherds caring for a flock, and that at a certain point the time will come to turn the flock over to someone else.
    "I think about the bishops, of all the bishops. May the lord give the grace to all of us to be able to take our leave this way, with this spirit and strength," he said.
    Francis has said retired Pope Benedict XVI "opened a door" to future popes to retire when he resigned in 2013. While the 81-year-old Francis has said he didn't envisage a long papacy, he hasn't said explicitly if he'd follow in Benedict's footsteps and retire.

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    Can the world handle 3 Popes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raginfridus View Post
    Can the world handle 3 Popes?
    Counting Francis, who are the other three?

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    Ratzinger and the new guy

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    I've not been following Vatican politics lately.

    Who would be a likely successor at this point?

    A non-communist? Maybe even a Catholic?

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    This isn't 2005.

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    Or 1805.

    ...all downhill from there.

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