Pope Francis admits he sometimes falls asleep while praying

  • 02/11/2017
Pope Francis leads his Weekly General Audience in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City, Vatican on September 27, 2017. Pope Francis launch a 2-year Caritas Internationalis global campaign on migration entitled 'Share the Journey' to promote the strengthening of relationships between migrants, refugees and communities.(Photo by Giuseppe Ciccia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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Pope Francis admits he's no stranger to falling asleep while praying.

The 80-year-old leader of the Catholic Church is known for his energetic nature, but often appears sombre with eyes closed while praying.

In a video published on YouTube on Tuesday Pope Francis claimed that sleeping during prayer was pleasing to God.

"Even I fall asleep sometimes while I'm praying, St Therese of Lisieux said that even she used to do this, and that the lord God, the father actually liked it when someone falls asleep [while praying]," he said.

Pope Francis also said Christians were invited to "feel like children lying in their fathers' arms" during prayer.

Reports say the pontiff often rises at 4am to begin the day leading the church, and has a nap every afternoon to get him through the day.