In an interview with Italian daily La Stampa published on Sunday, Francis is quoted as saying: "Marxist ideology is wrong." But the Argentina-born pontiff added he has "known many Marxists who were good persons, and that's why I don't feel offended" by the label.
He also mentioned that at a recent public audience at the Vatican he told a mother whose baby was crying but who was ashamed to nurse in the pope's presence: "Please feed him!" He said he wants to tell all humanity to feed the hungry.
Francis also confirmed plans are proceeding for his Holy Land trip next year.