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Pope refers to himself as ‘the devil’ in comparison with predecessor

Pope Francis offered a frank self-assessment — and glowing praise for a former pope — in a lighthearted comment during a recent trip to Lithuania.

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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.

Pope Francis referenced his predecessor, saying that John Paul II “was a saint” and that he is “the devil.”

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.

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