BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Pope Francis says his predecessor as pontiff is having trouble getting around, but remains sharp of mind and memory.
The remarks about Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI come in an interview published Sunday by La Nacion, a major newspaper in Francis' native Argentina.
The pope says the 89-year-old Benedict "has problems moving around, but his head and memory are intact, perfect."
Francis also says his predecessor "is a revolutionary" for abdicating in 2013. He says the decision "was an act of government" that "exposed all the problems of the church."
The pope also seems to gripe about church conservatives, saying "They say no to everything." But he says he tries to avoid conflict. In his words, "I'm not a head-hunter."