Well to be fair, Pope Francis does have an “odd” understanding of matters relating to the Virgin Mary.
On Dec. 21, 2018, Francis received the employees of the Holy See and Vatican City State at the Paul VI audience hall and, referring to the Nativity scene set up there, said:
“Allora, chi è felice nel presepe? La Madonna e San Giuseppe sono pieni di gioia: guardano il Bambino Gesù e sono felici perché, dopo mille preoccupazioni, hanno accolto questo Regalo di Dio, con tanta fede e tanto amore. Sono “straripanti” di santità e quindi di gioia. E voi mi direte: per forza! Sono la Madonna e San Giuseppe! Sì, ma non pensiamo che per loro sia stato facile: santi non si nasce, si diventa, e questo vale anche per loro.”
An official Holy See translation renders this as:
“So who is happy in the Nativity scene? Our Lady and Saint Joseph are full of joy: they look at the Child Jesus and they are happy because, after a thousand worries, they have accepted this gift of God, with so much faith and so much love. They are “overflowing” with holiness and therefore with joy. And you will tell me: of course! They are Our Lady and Saint Joseph! Yes, but let us not think it was easy for them: saints are not born, they become thus, and this is true for them too.”
Official complete translation of the whole speech below:
Some took the final sentence to indicate denial of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady as defined by Pope Pius 1X in 1854, although the establishment Catholic Press (certainly in the English speaking world) seems to have tried to ignore this and allow it to go unnoticed somewhat, as is often the case at the moment.
The video of the address [is available here](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXEIZ5azyjc
(the paragraph quoted above begins at the 20:35 min mark).