If Judas truly "repented" he would have ran to Calvary and thrown himself at the foot of the Cross of Christ. Our Lord would have looked down upon him from that "noble tree" and forgiven him. Judas would have embraced "mercy." Instead, he did not repent, but he despaired in his evil act and took his own life. He could have been Saint Judas the Repentant, instead, "it were better for him if he were not born."
Francis though, thinks Judas was just a "poor repentant man."
“Mi fa male quando leggo quel passo piccolo del Vangelo di Matteo, quando Giuda pentito va dai sacerdoti e dice ‘Ho peccato’ e vuol dare… e dà le monete. ‘Che ci importa! - dicono loro, così - Te la vedrai tu!’. Un cuore chiuso davanti a questo povero uomo pentito che non sapeva cosa fare. ‘Te la vedrai tu’. E andò ad impiccarsi. E cosa fanno loro, quando Giuda se ne va ad impiccarsi? Parlano e dicono ‘Ma, povero uomo’? No! Subito le monete: ‘Queste monete sono a prezzo di sangue, non possono entrare nel tempio’ … la regola tale, tale, tale, tale… I dottori della lettera!”.
"It hurts when I read that passage smaller than the Gospel of Matthew, when Judas repented goes by the priests and says, 'I have sinned' and wants to give ... and gives the coins. 'Who cares! - They say, so - You will see it yourself! '. A closed heart before this poor repentant man who did not know what to do. 'You will see her you'. And he went and hanged himself. And what they do, when Judas goes away and hanged himself? They speak and say 'But, poor man'? No! Immediately coins: 'These coins are the price of blood, they cannot enter the temple' ... the rule that, this, this, this ... The doctors of the letter. "