Pope says he's on sainthood 'waiting list'

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Feb 18 2018 09:10 AM

Pope Francis (l) and pope Benedict XVI are on the sainthood 'waiting list'. Handout via AFP

VATICAN - Pope Francis joked Saturday that he is on the "waiting list" for sainthood, along with his retired predecessor Benedict XVI.

Pope Paul VI, a great reformer of the Roman Catholic church who died in 1978, will be made a saint this year, Francis said during a meeting with clergy in Rome.

"As for Benedict XVI and myself, we're on the waiting list," the Argentinian pontiff said.

Those who have already left that waiting room include Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, already both saints.

Turning his attention back to more temporal matters, the 81-year-old pope admitted that he struggles with modern technology.

"I don't know how to use online networks and that kind of thing, not even mobile phones, I don't have one," he told his audience.

"I don't know how to use the internet. When I have to send an email I write it by hand and a secretary sends it for me," he added.