Pope Francis may head for a holiday soon to relax his mind .The 77 year old has been working nonstop since his election more than a year ago.
His advisers are hoping that he will take a break this summer. “We have been asking him to have holidays this year,” Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Honduras told reporters during a visit to Washington this week. “Because last year he didn’t and sometimes he’s very tired.”
“So I think that during August he’s going to retire to rest,” said Maradiaga, who heads a kitchen cabinet of eight cardinals from around the world that Francis established as his top advisers.
Last summer, his first as pontiff, Francis did not take a break and did not even decamp to Castel Gandolfo, a move church officials said was part of his desire to downplay the trappings of the papacy and to save money.
Papal aides say that Francis “eats work,” thriving off the hectic pace, despite the fact that he had part of a lung removed in his 20s and wears orthopedic shoes to help alleviate chronic lower back pain. He is conscious of his limitations, they say, and has occasionally canceled events if he is feeling tired or ill.