Pope Francis is expected to resign soon, according to Austen Ivereigh the former director of public affairs for Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor.
Ivereigh alludes to comments made by the pope in an interview in Mexico with presenter Valentina Alazraki about the length of his papacy—it would be seven years—expiring in 2020, quoted Daily Express on Dec. 23.
“I have the feeling that my pontificate will be brief,” said the pope at the time, now 84, and if Ivereigh’s projections come true, the retirement would be within the next five days, unless he has changed his mind.
Pope Francis has been controversial for his radical views on same-sex marriage, illegal immigration, global warming, and his support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
He also drew attention to an agreement with the Communist Party of China (CCP), signed in 2018, which remains a secret to this day.
Since then the Vatican has barely managed to maintain regular communication with Beijing and it is the CCP that has the last word.
Of the 100 bishops elected through the end of 2019, 69 were selected by Beijing and only 31 by the Vatican, American Magazine reported.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote an article for the religious magazine First Things on Sept. 18 urging Vatican authorities to use their influence to expose religious persecution by the CCP, Breitbart reported.
“Two years later, it is clear that the agreement between China and the Vatican has not protected Catholics from the Party’s depredations, let alone the horrific treatment the Party has given to Christians, Tibetan Buddhists, Falun Gong practitioners, and other religious believers,” Pompeo noted in his article.
It is clear that the pope is avoiding raising his voice against the CCP and its communist ideology.
In another controversial statement, the pope authorized Catholics to use vaccines against the CCP (Communist Party of China) Virus, or COVID-19, produced from cell lines derived from aborted fetuses in 1960.
According to a document signed by Pope Francis “It is morally acceptable to receive Covid-19 vaccines that have used cell lines from aborted fetuses in their research and production process,” Vatican News reported on Dec. 17.