Now It’s Official: Even Francis Doesn’t Consider Himself a True Pope
Last year’s Yearbook still presented Jorge Mario Bergoglio as:
Vicar of Jesus Christ
Successor of the Prince of the Apostles
Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church
Primate of Italy
Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Province of Rome
Sovereign of the Vatican City State
Servant of the Servants of God
Now, Bergoglios first and only title is “Jorge Mario Bergoglio.” This name is followed by his biography which occupies two-thirds of the page.
The real titles of a true Pope are now only mentioned in small print after the biography under the header "Historic titles" (“Titoli storici”).
With this, the Vatican confirms that the pope as the successor of Saint Peter has become a phenomenon of the past, while Bergoglio, as a "pope," is celebrating himself.
Already Benedict XVI fiddled around with the titles of the Roman Pontiff when, in March 2006, without a good reason, he got rid of the title “Patriarch of the West.”