Pope Francis offered a frank self-assessment — and glowing praise for a former pope — in a lighthearted comment during a recent trip to Lithuania.
At one point during the Baltic pilgrimage, he was given a biography of Pope John Paul II.
Polish photographer Grzegrz Glazka presented him with the tome, which elicited a self-deprecating comparison.
Galazka chuckled at the comparison before attempting to correct the record by saying the men “are both saints.”
Though the pontiff has earned praise from some Catholics for a more progressive view on a number of social issues, his papacy has been increasingly clouded by allegations that he had knowledge of sexual abuse claims within the church.