Cardinal Francis has said he “wanted a more peaceful world” for people around the world and for his country.
Speaking to a crowd of people in Rome on Saturday, the pope said that he “fantasised” of a “world without war” and wished the world “to see a more calm world”.
Speaking in the town of San Benedetto, he said that the pope “taught me that peace is possible”.
“And peace is what I have always strived for, for the world to live peacefully, and for the peace to be made in the world,” he said.
The pontiff was speaking at a meeting of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
The Pope made the comments during a question-and-answer session at the Pontificium Fidei, or Holy Office, on Saturday.
“I would like to see that peace and security, tranquility, prosperity, harmony, peace, harmony are everywhere.
I want peace, I want tranquility and I want prosperity,” he added.
The Pope was responding to questions about his role in helping to bring peace and stability to the world.
On Tuesday, the Vatican issued a statement condemning the murder of three Jesuit priests in northern Nigeria.
Pope Francis, who is scheduled to address a special gathering of Catholics at the Vatican on Friday, said that it is a “grave offence” to the victims.
During the Vatican’s daily Mass on Tuesday, he also called on Catholics to “fight against those who seek to divide us”.
In recent weeks, Pope Francis has called for the creation of a united front of all religions in the fight against climate change.
Earlier this month, he made headlines by telling a Vatican conference of Catholic bishops that climate change was a “gospel”.
During a visit to the Philippines earlier this month to celebrate the centenary of the founding of the Philippines, he warned that the world was facing “the most severe and difficult situation in human history”.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has also been a vocal supporter of Pope Francis.
In November, he visited the Vatican in a rare visit that included the pontiff’s personal presence.
Speaking to a group of Filipino journalists and journalists’ supporters on the grounds of the Vatican, the pontiffs’ press secretary, Paolo Zampolli, said: “He’s not a man who sits down to a meal and talks to the press.”
He said he was “extremely grateful” for the pontifical invitation and was looking forward to the pope’s arrival at the Palace of Justice in Rome.
The pontiffs visit to Manila and Manila, the Philippines capital, on Tuesday comes just a day after they flew to the United States for a conference at the National Prayer Breakfast.
As well as attending the breakfast, they were also due to speak at a press conference.
This is not the first time that Pope Francis is hosting a conference of his own.
He held a similar meeting in Rome in November 2014, in which he told reporters: “It is a very serious problem.
It’s a very important problem.
There is a great deal of sadness.”
Last year, he had a similar encounter with reporters when he met US President Donald Trump.