Vatican Palace is ‘boring’: Pope Francis

Vatican City: Pope Francis joked about the difficulties of being head of the world’s Catholics saying he never wanted the job on Friday in unscripted comments in which he also said he had turned down luxury Vatican housing because it would be “boring”.

The pontiff laughingly answered to a child’s query that someone who wants to be pope does not really like themselves. He said this during a question-and-answer session with Jesuit school students in the Vatican.

He added that he did not want to be a pope.

His predecessor Benedict XVI once said that he had prayed to God not to be elected pope but that for once he did not listen to him.

Francis also told his audience he had decided not to move to the official papal apartments, staying in a residence hotel in the Vatican instead.

He said that it posed a problem on his personality. He needed to live with people. If he had lived alone, he would have felt a bit isolated and it wouldn’t be good for him.

He added that it would have been bad and boring..

The 76-year-old Argentine pope told his audience with a grin that a professor had asked him about that. He had told him to listen that the decision was for psychiatric reasons.

He also condemned global poverty as a “scandal” and urged his young audience to counter “the economic and social structures that enslave us”.

Francis said that for Christians being involved in politics was a “duty” for the common good.

He also said that lay Christians have to get stuck into politics. Politics is dirty but maybe it’s dirty because Christians are not involved.

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