Vatican City • Just days ahead of the fourth anniversary of his pontificate on March 13, Pope Francis acknowledged he had "spiritual dark moments" in his life during periods of crisis.
In a wide-ranging interview published Thursday in Germany's Die Zeit weekly, the pontiff acknowledged: "I too know moments of emptiness.
"One cannot grow without crises: in human life, the same thing happens. Even biological growth is a crisis, no? The crisis of a child who becomes an adult. And faith is the same."
Despite criticism from conservative opponents who question his approach to church doctrine and his reform of the Vatican Curia, the pope said he had never lost his peace of mind.