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Pope’s visit to Portugal ‘at risk’…

Following domestic hullabaloo over who will pay the various millions of euros required to stage next year’s World Youth Day in Lisbon, Pope Francis has let it be known that he may not even be Pope by then: crippling knee pain is making standing almost impossible. Withdrawing from his role is “one of the options”, he has admitted, having returned from an emotional trip to Canada in which he spent most of the time in a wheelchair. “Honestly it is not a catastrophe”, says the 85-year-old. “There is no problem in changing the Pope…”