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VATICAN CITY (RNS) “There is nothing to worry about,” the Vatican's chief spokesman said. “His life has been very intense in the past few weeks. It is totally normal for the pope to rest.”

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Josephine McKenna

Josephine McKenna

Josephine McKenna has more than 30 years' experience in print, broadcast and interactive media. Based in Rome since 2007, she covered the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and election of Pope Francis and canonizations of their predecessors. Now she covers all things Vatican for RNS.


      • Except I have never been a bigot or suggested conspiracies.

        The Catholic church is an openly criminal organization
        and is a protectorate unto itself – no conspiracy at all about it – it is OPENLY harboring Cardinal Bernie Law the CRIMINAL Pedophile Kingpin of The Boston Archdiocese who has evaded justice for more than 15 years as he hides in his cloistered cushy Cardinal Condo!

        Shame on this church. Shame on Christianity.

    • you know what? don’t trust any man. God is the Only One to trust. “Jesus said, I am the way the Life and the truth and no man comes to the Father but by me.’ not by any religion, or any ism or any pagan religion or philosophy , new age or anything else, because there is ‘nothing new under the sun.’ also don’t make oneself a god. any thing can be a god, including something more important than God Almighty. can anyone prove there is no true God? no one can. we can accept Jesus or reject him. the Father has given him, Jesus the power to send us to heaven or hell. guess what? the popes, leaders, kings etc will all go to hell with their god Lucifer if they don’t repent. Their conscience is probably seared like an iron. most people are in la la land. read site and see if your blood does not boil. governments are involved not just popes drinking blood and eating babies and kids.

  1. Lucia Baartoli

    Francis has only been at the game for a year…look at how long St. JPII the Great held it together, even while ill. I suspect this pope is growing weary of those of his “faithful” flock telling him to speak clearly, to back off from the liberal and wrongful rhetoric. I know that I am sick of reading his interviews and learning that he doesn’t have much respect for those of us who have been faithful to the Majesterium for most our lives. If he’s tired, tell him to consider the lives of the saints who endured so MUCH MORE for Christianity’s sake, for God’s sake, and for Jesus’ sake. I think our modern and ancient martyrs carried on when they would have wished that the cup they had to drink from might be removed. Look at the priests who died and/or suffered in concentration camps of Nazism; of Cardinal Mindzenty of Hungary; of the martyred apostles; too many to mention. I will certainly pray for his health to return to full bloom. Perhaps this is good “down time” for him in which to reconsider his past commentaries and vague interviews.

    • Terrence Brundo

      Wow, how disrespectful to our Pope. Faithful to the Majesterium? Are you a Catholic?! Because this is OUR Pope, our Shepherd…and you are talking as if he’s some politician. But you know better, we should listen to you instead, and also, he shouldn’t be allowed to rest if he becomes sick or weary…I wonder what Pope Benedict or John Paul II would think of your disrespectful comments.

  2. Chef Schnauzer

    20 years my senior, out paces me. The older I get the more I have to learn, it gets discouraging some times. In my personal experience the Roman Catholic religious are astounding men and women in their faith and in their intellect – God Bless and sustain them.

  3. Thank you for pointing this out. The Vatican is being exposed for what it has always been. Many institutions are not what they have appeared to be. The flocks will be shocked.

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