Pope Francis said he has accepted the fact that he may be assassinated, but he has asked God to make sure "it doesn't hurt too much, as I am a real wimp when it comes to physical pain," the Daily Mail (British) website reports today (March 11, 2015).
For months, there have been threats against Pope Francis by ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) militants, who call him the "bearer of false truth."
The Pope made his light-hearted comments in an interview with a Buenos Aires, Argentina tabloid called La Carcova News. Pope Francis had previously been an Archbishop of Buenos Aires.
Italian prosecutors have also warned that the Mafia is considering killing Pope Francis due to his criticism of it. Last year, the Pope denounced the international body of criminals, and said that all Mafia members in Italy were excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church.