Pope Francis observed the second anniversary of his election on Friday by predicting he won’t be pope for long, just “four or five years.” He doesn’t mind being pope, he told Mexico’s Noticieros Televisa, but he misses his freedom:
“The only thing I would like is to go out one day, without being recognized, and go to a pizzeria for a pizza.”
Attention American pizzaioli: His Holiness will visit the USA in September with stops in New York, Philadelphia, and DC, so clean out your ovens by the end of August.
There is speculation that Pope Francis has pizza on his mind since meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel last month, a year after she told him:
“Next time we will go into the piazza for a pizza.”
Frau Merkel, what a tease. She doesn’t call, doesn’t write ….
“Pope Francis just wants to get pizza like a normal person,” Chris Perez, New York Post
“Pope Francis’ popularity extends beyond Catholics,” David Masci, Pew Research Center
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