In a recent interview with a Spanish newspaper, Pope Francis talked about world economic systems and other topics, including his leadership priorities.
“I don’t have any personal agenda that I carried in under my arm, simply because I never thought they were going to leave me here, in the Vatican,” he said. “What I am doing is carrying out” the recommendations made by cardinals prior to the March 2013 conclave. Among those recommendations, the pope said, was greater consultation with outside advisers, which prompted his establishment of an international, eight-member Council of Cardinals.
Asked how he would like history to remember him, the pope said: “‘He was a good guy, he did what he could, he was not so bad.’ I would be happy with that.”
For more on the pope’s leadership values, read this excerpt from Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads.