Francis, in an interview with Mexican broadcaster Televisa released on the second anniversary of his surprise election, also said he “did not mind” being Pope but would like to be able to go out in Rome unrecognised for a pizza.
“I have the feeling that my pontificate will be brief — four or five years, even two or three. Two have already passed. It’s a somewhat strange sensation,” he said, according to a Vatican translation from Spanish.
“I feel that the Lord has placed me here for a short time,” the Argentine-born pontiff said.
Pope Francis, apparently in good health at 78, said: “I share the idea of what Benedict did.”
In 2013, former Pope Benedict became the first head of the Roman Catholic Church in 600 years to resign instead of ruling until he died.
“In general, I think what Benedict so courageously did was to open the door to the popes emeritus.”
On the lighter side, Pope Francis said “I do not mind”, when asked if he liked being Pope.
“The only thing I would like is to go out one day, without being recognised, and go to a pizzeria for a pizza,” he said, adding he missed his days as a bishop in Buenos Aires, when he could move about freely.
“In Buenos Aires, I was a rover,” he said.