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Analysis: What's behind rumors that Pope Francis will resign?

Pope Francis at the general audience on Aug. 18, 2021. / Vatican Media

Rome, Italy, Aug 30, 2021 / 00:00 am (CNA).

According to an Argentine priest who has known Pope Francis since his days in Buenos Aires, "there is only one reason why Pope Francis would resign: so that he can influence the process to choose his successor."

Pope Francis: Complaining is ‘poison’ for the heart

Pope Francis gives the Angelus message from a window overlooking St. Peter's Square / Vatican Media

Vatican City, Aug 29, 2021 / 06:35 am (CNA).

Complaining and blaming others is a waste of time; the way to defeat evil is to conquer it first within our own hearts, Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis urges Catholics to pray and fast for Afghanistan

Pope Francis speaks during the Angelus prayer. / Vatican Media

Vatican City, Aug 29, 2021 / 05:30 am (CNA).

“In historical moments like this we cannot remain indifferent, the history of the Church teaches us this,” Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis appoints Vatican Master of Ceremonies Msgr. Guido Marini to Italian diocese

Bishop-elect Guido Marini walks beside Pope Francis on Ash Wednesday 2021 in St. Peter's Basilica / Vatican Media

Vatican City, Aug 29, 2021 / 04:40 am (CNA).

Msgr. Guido Marini has been in charge of papal liturgies since his appointment to the role by Benedict XVI in 2007.

Pope Francis makes changes to the Vatican’s Chapter of St. Peter

St. Peter's Basilica / Vatican Media

Vatican City, Aug 28, 2021 / 08:20 am (CNA).

The Chapter of St. Peter is group of retired priests who pray and assist in the basilica’s liturgical activities.

Pope Francis accepts resignation of Australian bishop investigated for sexual abuse

Our Lady Queen of Peace Cathedral in Broome, Australia. / null

Vatican City, Aug 28, 2021 / 05:45 am (CNA).

The 71-year-old Bishop Christopher Saunders had taken temporary leave from the administration of his diocese in March 2020.

Cardinal asks monastic communities to pray for the 2023 synod on synodality

Cardinal Mario Grech, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops / Diocese of Gozo via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Vatican City, Aug 28, 2021 / 04:22 am (CNA).

On Oct. 9-10, the Catholic Church will begin the first phase of a synodal process culminating in the 2023 meeting of the Synod of Bishops in Rome.

Pope Francis on adoption: ‘Every child that arrives is God’s gift’

Pope Francis greets a child at a general audience at the Vatican, April 20, 2016. / Vatican Media.

Vatican City, Aug 27, 2021 / 12:00 pm (CNA).

‘Every baby, in every case, and in whatever situation is to be welcomed,’ the pope says in a new video.

What happens when the pope receives a head of state?

Pope Francis receives Argentine President Alberto Fernández in a private audience at the Vatican on Jan. 31. 2020. / Vatican Media.

Vatican City, Aug 27, 2021 / 07:00 am (CNA).

There is a remarkable amount of hidden choreography behind the scenes.

Pope Francis urges Catholic lawmakers to protect human dignity online

Pope Francis greets participants in a meeting promoted by the International Catholic Legislators Network in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, Aug. 27, 2021. / Vatican Media.

Vatican City, Aug 27, 2021 / 05:30 am (CNA).

The pope called for renewed efforts to combat child pornography, data breaches, and cyber attacks.