Pope Francis rejects his status as a 'superman'
In this image provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis sprinkles a cardinal with ashes during an Ash Wednesday Mass at the Santa Sabina Basilica in Rome.
Posted: Thursday, March 6, 2014 12:00 am
VATICAN CITY — The leader of the Catholic Church is “a normal person,” Pope Francis insisted in an interview published on Ash Wednesday in which he said he was offended by media portrayals of him as “some kind of superman.”
Since his election a year ago, Francis' popularity has skyrocketed. He is seen as humble, unorthodox, reform-oriented and media-savvy, and he has attracted almost universally flattering headlines — even from unlikely publications such as Rolling Stone.
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Thursday, March 6, 2014 12:00 am.