Pope Francis has said he is afraid of pain and not of assassination, he prayed that in the event of assassination attempt that God should make it to be painless for him.
"I have said to the Lord: take care of me. But if your will is that I should die or that they do something to me, I ask you one favor: that they don't hurt me," Francis said in an interview with an Argentine magazine. "Because I'm a real scaredy cat when it comes to physical pain".
Francis who was a nightclub bouncer before joining the seminary was answering questions submitted collectively by residents from the town of Villa La Carcova. The local parish priest, Jose Maria Di Paola, otherwise known as Father Pepe, was in charge of interviewing him.
The Islamic State has issued several threats over the past year against the pope, whom they refer to as the "bearer of false truth," according to the Catholic News Agency.
Back in August, the terrorist organization claimed that Francis was "in the cross hairs of ISIS" as they planned to "raise the level of confrontation" in Europe.
Just two months ago, an assassination plot to kill his holiness while he visited Manila was thwarted by the Philippines military