Can a Catholic Pope tell an autistic child “maybe we’ll see each other in hell?”

 And I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten diadems, and upon his heads names of blasphemy. – Revelation 13:1Crux, a mainstream Catholic news outlet, reported this morning that Francis was….oh, you won’t believe me unless you read it for yourself (h/t NovusOrdoWatch):Pope Francis closed the call offering the family his blessing and asking for prayer, but not before making a small joke with Baruffi, who told him that, “We pray a lot for you, but you don’t need it, you are already a saint.”

Jesting, he laughed, and said, “Who knows, maybe we’ll see each other in hell?”, to which Baruffi said, “I think for you no, but us perhaps. We’re a little bit mean with everyone in this situation.”
Lest you do not believe me….it’s on video!

What kind of demented ghoul responds to a child telling him “you are already a saint” with “we’ll see each other in hell?”
Can a Catholic Pope say such things?

As a side note….anyone else find that picture of Francis post-Conclave to be incredibly creepy? It’s from an international wire service so it wasn’t doctored in any way…the orange/fire background, the creepy smile, the monster Cardinal Daneels in the corner grimacing/trying to smile….everyone looking apprehensive. Creepy.