In February of 2019, Pope Francis granted an interview to Argentinian journalist and physician Nelson Castro at the Vatican.

That interview contributed to the forthcoming book The Health of Popes which claims “this is the first time that a pope has discussed his health with the transparency afforded by Francis.”

In excerpts of the book released, Pope Francis explained he thinks about death but does not fear it. He said he expects to spend his final days in Rome, as pope, without returning to Argentina.

“I will be pope, either active or emeritus, and in Rome. I will not return to Argentina.”

A native of Argentina, Pope Francis says he does not miss his home country.

“No, I do not miss it. I lived there for 76 years. What pains me are its problems.”

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