I would not be in the least surprised were Pope Francis to abdicate when he turns 80. As a matter of fact, I suspect he will.
On that, I saw at Rorate something from La Nación.
The Pope renewed his civil, Argentinian identity documents… even though he is a head of state. He obviously has a Vatican City State Passport. Apparently the Pope wants to travel on his Argentinian passport and/or identity card. Thus, he jumped through the loops to get them. Well, actually, he told someone else to jump through the loops to get them.
Benedict XVI continued to be a German citizen after his election. I suspect he still has dual citizenship, German/Vatican. Cardinals who live in Rome are also given Vatican citizenship.
I suspect that when the Pope shows up, customs agents don’t check his passport. So, what difference does it make? What is this all about? I have no idea. I ask myself: were I elected Pope, would I renew my US Passport? Yes, I think I would. Would I resign the papacy? No, I don’t think I would. But, in the realm of hypotheticals, this just about tops the list. Heck, I won’t even make monsignor, the way things are going!