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Pope Francis did a rare interview with an Israeli journalist who helped set up a historic Palestinian and Israeli meeting at the Vatican recently. (Source: Henrique Cymerman/CBS) Pope Francis did a rare interview with an Israeli journalist who helped set up a historic Palestinian and Israeli meeting at the Vatican recently. (Source: Henrique Cymerman/CBS)

(CBS) – Popes don't do interviews, but the unpredictable Francis sat down with Israeli journalist Enrique Simmerman who helped arrange last Sunday's prayer meeting between the Israeli and Palestinian presidents.

Francis is the most accessible pope in modern times, shunning the closed popemobile rolled out after the attempted assassination of John Paul the II.

Francis, speaking in his native Spanish, said, "I am not going to greet the people and tell them that I love them from the inside of a sardine can, even if it's made of glass. It's a wall," he said, "and I can't live that way."

And besides that, the pope said, "At my age," he's 77, "I don't have much to lose," he said laughing.

Francis said he has no personal agenda as pope, and that he said he never expected to be elected. "I came (to the conclave)," he said, "with a very small suitcase, to return (to Argentina) as soon as possible."

Francis is a huge fan of World Cup soccer and the Argentine team, fierce rivals of Brazil, which is hosting the matches.

The pope said, "the Brazilians asked me to be neutral," he said laughing, "and I'm keeping my word."

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