Talking to reporters on a flight back to the Vatican from South Korea, the 77-year-old pontiff was asked a question about his global popularity, to which he replied: “I see it as the generosity of the people of God. I try to think of my sins, my mistakes, not to become proud. Because I know it will last only a short time. Two or three years and then I’ll be off to the Father’s house…” We sincerely hope that this remark has nothing to do with on-going gossip about the Pope’s possible resignation and fear that this may also be linked to other sad news. We continue to monitor the situation in the Vatican.