[The Local] The 78-year-old pontiff wished them well with their bid to host the 2024 Games, but said he would not be around to watch them.
"Dear friends, best wishes for Rome's bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games," he said. "I will not be there. May the Lord bless all of you and your families."
It was not the first time the Pope, who turned 78 on Wednesday, has hinted he does not think he will last very long at the helm of the Catholic Church.
On his way back from South Korea in August he lightheartedly remarked to reporters that he may have only two or three years left to live.