Pope Francis has reignited doubts about his pontificate's destiny.

Pope Francis fueled speculation about his pontificate's future by announcing that he would travel to L'Aquila in central Italy.

In August for a feast organized by Pope Celestine V, one of the few pontiffs to resign before Pope Benedict XVI stepped down in 2013.

Given his worsening mobility problems, which have compelled him to use a wheelchair for the last month.

Unsourced speculation in the Italian and Catholic media has been widespread that the 85-year-old Francis.

Might be intending to follow in Benedict's footsteps.

Those reports gathered traction this week when Francis announced a consistory on Aug. 27 to elect 21 new cardinals.

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