Pope Francis, who has not visited his native Argentina since heading to the Vatican a decade ago, said he planned to do so in 2024, local media reported on Sunday.
“I’ve always wanted to go back,” Francis told Argentine newspaper La Nacion.
If he does, he will come a year after next October’s general election.
“Please don’t associate me with Argentine politics,” the leader of the world’s nearly 1.4 billion Catholics was quoted as saying.
The Vatican could not immediately be reached for comment.
The pope’s homeland is battling 100 percent annual inflation and nearly 40 percent poverty.
Francis was the first Latin American Catholic Church leader. Although he has not yet returned to Argentina, he has traveled abroad several times, including in Africa.