VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis has rebuffed suggestions he may be readying to resign, saying in an interview published Monday that rumours he was suffering from a serious illness were "court gossip", reports AFP.
"It never crossed my mind", Francis told Reuters news agency after weeks of speculation.
Asked when that might be, the 85-year old said: "We don't know. God will say."
Francis said he had suffered a "small fracture" in his knee, which was treated with laser and magnet therapy.
The knee pain forced him to indefinitely postpone a July trip to Africa.
He denied rumours that he had been diagnosed with stomach cancer during his colon operation in July 2021, saying it was merely "court gossip".
Francis will travel to Canada this month, after which he said he would like to travel to Moscow and Kyiv if possible.