During his recent visit to Slovakia, Pope Francis gave an interview to the Italian Catholic magazine Civiltà Cattolica, published by the Jesuit order.
According to a pre-publication of La Stampa newspaper, Pope Francis stressed in the interview: “I am still alive, even if some people wanted me dead”. This statement, however, according to the newspaper, was made as a joke.
However, the Pope added: “I know that there were also meetings of high-ranking clergymen who thought that the Pope was worse than it had become known. They were preparing the next conclave. What can we do, with God’s help, I’m fine.” Pope Francisco’s report is on colon surgery, which he underwent in the Italian capital last July due to diverticulitis.
At the same time, the Pope referred to “a great universal television which constantly comments on him”, saying that “the Church does not deserve such a thing”, because “it is the work of the devil”.
“There are also clergy who comment on me negatively. Sometimes I lose my patience, especially when they judge without engaging in a real dialogue,” added Pope Francis.
“I, however, move forward without dealing with their ideas, which are products of their imagination. I do not want to deal with all this and – for this reason – I prefer to preach the word of God” stressed, finally, Pope Bergoglio.