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‘I did not want the job,’ says Pope

By on Friday, 7 June 2013

Pope Francis greets youths during an audience with students of Jesuit schools and institutions in Italy and Albania (PA)

Pope Francis greets youths during an audience with students of Jesuit schools and institutions in Italy and Albania (PA)

Pope Francis has admitted that he did not want to be elected Pope.

During a question and answer session with Jesuit school students in Rome, Pope Francis said: “Someone who wants to be pope does not really like themselves. I did not want to be pope.”

Pope Francis also said that he did not want to move into the official papal apartments because he does not like living alone. He said: “”It’s a personality problem. I need to live with people. If I lived alone, I would feel a bit isolated and it wouldn’t be good for me.”

He added: “It would be bad and boring. A professor asked me about this and I told him ‘Listen professor it’s for psychiatric reasons.”