Pope Francis reminds us that the Grim Reaper is not subject to papal authority.
“Some theologians may say this is not right, but I think this way,” he said in a lighthearted exchange with reporters returning to Rome from a trip to South Korea. “Let us think about what [Benedict XVI] said, ‘I have got old, I do not have the strength.’ It was a beautiful gesture of nobility, of humility and courage.”
He added: “But you could say to me, if you at some time felt you could not go forward, I would do the same.” Asked about his immense popularity, the 77-year-old joked that he would probably die soon so should not get too proud: “I know this will last a short time, two or three years, and then to the house of the Father.” Pope Francis also said he had some nerve problems that he treated with a South American tea-like drink called Mate, and that he had not taken a vacation away from home since 1975.
Go here to read the rest. Being pope is an office that is quite different from any other, and it is usually filled by men nearing the end of their term of life. Normally that fact helps focus the mind on the things of eternity, so popes usually being of an advanced age is probably a good thing overall. The Pope seems to have a humorous attitude to his inevitable death and does not fear that grim fact of our lives. Not a bad attitude for a pope to take.