Pope: ‘I am the Devil’ Compared to John Paul

Pope Francis told journalists Saturday en route to Lithuania that compared to his predecessor Pope John Paul II, he is “the devil.”

Given a book about the former pope by Polish photographer Grzegorz Galazka, Francis quipped that John Paul “was a saint, I am the devil.” The joke appeared to acknowledge that Francis has his detractors, particularly among conservative Catholics who long for the more doctrinaire papacies of John Paul and Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI.

The criticism of Francis has grown more vocal recently amid the church’s sex abuse scandals.