Pope Francis admits he's a 'real wimp'

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In a recent interview with an Argentinian newspaper, his holiness says he's come to terms with the idea that he may be assassinated, but hopes that if it comes to that it won't be a painful death because he is, quote, "a real wimp."

He told the paper, "I say to the Lord: You take care of me......But if it is your will that I should die or that someone should do something to me, I ask you only this: that it won't hurt me because I'm very much a wimp when it comes to physical pain."

According to the Catholic News Agency, Islamic State militants have issued several threats against the pontiff, whom they call the "bearer of false truth."

Earlier this year the Philippines military claimed it thwarted an assassination plot to kill the pope while he visited Manila.

Pope Francis thinks it's more likely that he'll go by natural causes, though.

Last August the 77-year-old told journalists aboard the papal plane that he expects his tenure as pope to last only a few years.

"Interiorly, I try to think of my sins, my mistakes, so as not to think that I am somebody. Because I know this will last a short time, two or three years, and then to the house of the Father."

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