VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis told thousands of children who gathered at the Vatican on Friday, July 7, that he did not want to be the head of the Church before his election.
“Someone who wants, who has the desire to be pope, doesn’t love themselves, but I didn’t want to be pope,” he said at a June 7 meeting in Paul VI audience hall.
“Do you know what it means if someone doesn’t love themselves very much [who think of others]?” he asked the 7,000 children from Jesuit-run schools in Italy and Albania in response to a girl’s question.
The students were accompanied by their teachers and family members, as well as alumni of the schools, on the trip to the Vatican.
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