I’m not a superman, Pope Francis says

Pope Francis looks on as archbishop Ganswein walks in the background during the general audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican

Pope Francis has played down the notion that he is a “superman” who will bring sweeping reforms to the Roman Catholic church, stressing that its ban on contraception and opposition to gay marriage will remain in place.

The pope, in an interview with Italy’s Corriere della Sera newspaper published on Wednesday, also said no institution had moved with more “transparency and responsibility” than the Church to protect children in the wake of its sexual abuse scandals.

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