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In a wide-ranging interview he gave Friday for the second anniversary of his election, Pope Francis touched on a variety of topics, from his concern about bad homilies to his upcoming U.S. visit to his one real wish: to go out for a pizza without being recognized.
But leading most of the news coverage were his remarks suggesting that he expects his papacy to be short, perhaps lasting no more than another year or two.
One month after saying that couples who choose not to have children are making a "selfish choice," Pope Francis said societies with low birthrates are "sad and gray."
"Who are you who shuts the door of your heart to a man, a woman who wants to improve ... because the Holy Spirit has stirred his or her heart?"
A Roman Observer: The Great Jubilee of 2000 was really not all that great. Pope Francis has a chance to make that right.
Teaching is about giving young people, especially troublemakers, values and hope, and it is "an injustice" that today's educators are paid so poorly, Pope Francis said.
In a world where it is already difficult for kids to find a decent point of reference, they must find positive guidance from teachers, who "are able to give meaning to school, studying and culture, without reducing it all just to passing on practical knowledge," he said Saturday.
"I am convinced that the whole church ... will find in this jubilee the joy to rediscover and render fruitful the mercy of God."
"It's like a little vague feeling. But I have the feeling that the Lord puts me [here] for a brief thing and not more."
Analysis: The cardinals didn't just elect the man but a program, one that found expression in the document produced by the Latin American bishops in Aparecida, Brazil, in May 2007.
Bishops of dioceses around the world have an obligation to work to prevent clerical sexual abuse and to ensure that priests in their dioceses do not commit acts of abuse, said Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.