Pope Francis’ health has been a subject of speculation since even before he was elected, and now, another rumor is going rounds from the Vatican wherein with an array of health issues he could potentially resign from his position.

Although speculations of the Pope resigning have been commonplace for quite some time, now the rumors have been reinvigorated. Is Pope Francis going to resign? Here’s what we know.

Pope Francis is 85 years old and if he remains in his position well into the end of this year, he’s poised to be the oldest Pope since Leo XII who died at 93 in 1903. But amid the recent meetings and calling of the Cardinals, some suspect that Pope Francis will resign soon.

In fact, those rumors were given a new life after the Pope canceled a trip to Africa due to knee pain. The pope has a number of other health issues as well.  He had colon surgery last year and struggles with sciatica.

The Gateway Pundit noted:

Last May, he told Bishops that he would rather resign than get surgery for his knee.

The rumors were further confirmed as reporter Megyn Kelly went to the Vatican and saw unusual activity. Some have speculated that his resignation is imminent and could happen in a matter of days or weeks.

More details of this report from The Washington Examiner:

The world’s attention is descending on Vatican City as rumors swirl Pope Francis is readying to resign.

Resignation rumors are gaining traction in the wake of a series of unusual activities by the 85-year-old leader of the Catholic Church, according to a report.

Francis, who has been confined to a wheelchair due to crippling knee pain, canceled a scheduled trip to Africa, the report noted.

He has also supposedly called for a meeting of cardinals, which the Washington Examiner is unable to confirm.

It is this highly unusual meeting that is fueling the resignation rumors, the report noted.

“Inside the Vatican, moments ago, we saw a ton of cardinals, which our guide tells us is highly unusual,” Megyn Kelly, who is in Vatican City, posted to social media.

Sources: 100PercentFedUp, The Washington Examiner

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