Pope Benedict admits he was 'unsure' about Francis at first

In "Last Testament: In His Own Words," the English version of his autobiography, the usually private Pope Benedict dives into many of the issues that swirled around his time serving, offering a revealing portrait of the former leader of the Catholic church.

Pope Benedict talks in "Last Testament" openly about the issue of cleaning up the "dirt in the church" (clerical sexual abuse), his alleged Nazi upbringing, and the "Vatileaks" case in which his butler leaked letters that alleged corruption and scandal in the Vatican.

He also discusses his unprecedented decision to become the first Pope in over 700 years to resign from office.

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ROME, ITALY - MARCH 11: People walk past a poster of Pope Benedict XVI hanging on a wall near Vatican City on March 11, 2013 in Rome, Italy. Cardinals are set to enter the conclave to elect a successor to Pope Benedict XVI after he became the first pope in 600 years to resign from the role. The conclave is scheduled to start on March 12 inside the Sistine Chapel and will be attended by 115 cardinals as they vote to select the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 28: Pope Benedict XVI waves to pilgrims, for the last time as head of the Catholic Church, from the window of Castel Gandolfo where he will start his retirement today on February 28, 2013 in Rome, Italy. Pope Benedict XVI has been the leader of the Catholic Church for eight years and is the first Pope to retire since 1415. He will stay at the Papal Summer residence of Castel Gandolfo until renovations are complete at a monastery in the grounds of the Vatican and will be known as Roman Pope Emeritus. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
Pope Benedict XVI blesses faifthful for the last time upon arrival in Castel Gandolfo on February 28, 2013. Once he steps down later in the day, Pope Benedict XVI will begin his retirement in the papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo, a sumptuous villa outside Rome with ornamental gardens, breathtaking views and its own farm. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE,FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 28: A nun looks through a window as she waits for Pope Benedict XVI to address pilgrims, for the last time as head of the Catholic Church, from the window of Castel Gandolfo where he will start his retirement today on February 28, 2013 in Rome, Italy. Pope Benedict XVI has been the leader of the Catholic Church for eight years and is the first Pope to retire since 1415. He will stay at the Papal Summer residence of Castel Gandolfo until renovations are complete at a monastery in the grounds of the Vatican and will be known as Roman Pope Emeritus. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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The Catholic Times calls the book, "The most sincere interview which Benedict XVI has given ... an essential book."

The topic of his successor Pope Francis is also explored, and Pope Benedict admits at first perhaps he had some doubts about Pope Francis. "No one expected him," Benedict says in "Last Testament." "When I first heard his name, I was unsure. But when I saw how he spoke with God and with people, I truly was content. And happy."

"Last Testament: In His Own Words" was released on November 16, 2016.

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