'The Pope is a man who laughs, cries, sleeps peacefully, and has friends like everyone else. 'A normal person', Francis said in an interview with Italy’s leading daily, Corriere della Sera, reports Vatican Insider.
“I like to be among people, to be with the one who is suffering, to go into the parishes,' he stated. But he denied that he has gone out at night to feed the down and outs near the Vatican. He made clear, however, that he detests being depicted as a kind of superman or star.
'Sigmund Freud said that in every idealisation there is an aggression. To depict the Pope as a kind of superman or a star seems to me offensive.'
In this interview, which was published simultaneously in La Nacion, the Argentine counterpart of the Italian daily, the Jesuit Pope touches on a wide range of topics: the family, women, the Orthodox, relations with China, globalization. The human side of Francis emerges once again in his answers, as does his keen desire to find new ways for the Church to show God’s love for people, and to proclaim the Gospel to all nations.
'I would like to visit my sister who is ill; she is the last of the five of us. I would like to see her, but this does not justify a trip to Argentina: I call her by phone and this is enough,', he said. But he confirmed that he does not plan to visit Argentina until 2016 because he has already been to Latin America for the World Youth Day in Rio.
'Now I must go to the Holy Land, and to Asia and then to Africa,' he stated.