Other extracts from the book, published by Argentinian newspaper La Nacion, saw Francis, formerly archbishop of Buenos Aires, say he does not miss living in Argentina.
Alluding to the country’s economic crisis, he said: “No, I do not miss it. I lived there for 76 years. What pains me are its problems.”
Francis recalled sneaking people out of the country during Argentina’s military dictatorship between 1976 and 1983, adding: “Imagine what it was like to take a person hidden in a car – only covered by a blanket – and pass three military checkpoints…the tension it generated was enormous.
“I had to deal with situations that I did not know how to deal with.”