Pope Francis is 77 Years Old. He Probably Needs a Vacation.


Pope Francis was born on December 17, 1936. He is 77 years old. He has one lung. He just got back from a grueling trip to the Middle East. He has kept a non-stop schedule since his election.

Now, he has cancelled many of his public activities for July.


Speculation about the Holy Father’s abrupt cancellation of plans is rolling around the internet. Grave rumors are rolling right along with it.

The Holy Father may be sick. I don’t know. What I do know is that the pace he has been keeping is enough to tire anyone, at any age, much less a guy approaching 80 who is getting by on one lung.

I also know that previous popes have left the Vatican altogether at this time of year and spent a few weeks’ vacation time at Castel Gandalfo. Pope Francis’ mini vacation of just canceling public appointments for a month while continuing to live in residence and work from his office is actually an uptick in activity from his predecessor.

I hope and pray that all he needs is a month of relative rest and quiet. I think that is entirely possible. In fact, I don’t see how he’s managed to do all that he’s done. My only answer is that the Holy Spirit is sustaining him.

I know that many people are going to get with the speculation program and that the rumor mill will run like a hamster in its cage. But as for me, I am going to continue praying for our Pope and wait and see.

Hopefully, what we’ll all see will be a refreshed and invigorated Papa, back from a few weeks’ rest.

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  • pagansister

    I sincerely hope is is just resting and not ill. He has proven to be a breath of fresh air in the Church. The Church needs him to be around for many, many more years!

  • Maggie Goff

    I’ll be doing exactly as you are, Rebecca. Praying for him.

  • AnneG

    I’d add on a major move from Argentina, change of “jobs”, schedules, diet, everything and he doesn’t get much down time.
    Everything except tourism shuts down in Rome in July. It is so crazy busy, I think he should take a rest and get away. It’s also hot. Castel Gandolfo should be looking really good right now.
    I hope he does get some R&R.

  • fredx2

    Great point! It actually is an uptick in activity over Benedict. Prior to this, he was going so fast, doing so many things, 7 days a week for over a year. Yes, anyone would need a break.
    Hopefully he will get out and enjoy Castel Gandolfo. There is a reason all those Popes went there in the hot, hot Italian summer.