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Pope Francis: Marathon man

Pope Francis greets pilgrims from the stage of the World Youth Day Welcome Feast on the Copacabana beachfront in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, July 25, 2013. Francis addressed young pilgrims from 175 nations gathered on the famous beach for the WYD festival. (Stefano Rellandini / Reuters)
Pope Francis greets pilgrims from the stage of the World Youth Day Welcome Feast on the Copacabana beachfront in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, July 25, 2013. Francis addressed young pilgrims from 175 nations gathered on the famous beach for the WYD festival. (Stefano Rellandini / Reuters)

OK, this story on CathNewsUSA got my attention.

It begins:

The 76-year-old Argentine Jesuit, who lost most of one lung following an infection in his youth, has been acting like a man half his age during his first international trip as pope, adding in events at the last minute to his already full schedule and gamely going with the flow after heavy rains forced major changes in the World Youth Day agenda.

His spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, noted Thursday that such vigorous activity has been the norm at the Vatican ever since Francis came to town, saying the Vatican’s usually staid bureaucrats were getting “stressed out” by his pace – and that that was a good thing.

But he quipped: “I’m happy we’re half-way through because if it were any longer I’d be destroyed.”

Will you be this strong at 76? I can only pray....

(S-R file photo)




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