At 77, Pope Francis keeps a busy pace, and aides keep their fingers crossed

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Pope Francis passes news photographers as he arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on Jan. 15, 2014. Photo by Paul Haring, courtesy of Catholic News Service

Pope Francis passes news photographers as he arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on Jan. 15, 2014. Photo by Paul Haring, courtesy of Catholic News Service

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Church leaders welcome the reforms and fresh air that Pope Francis is bringing to an often dysfunctional institution. But at 77, they just want him to have the stamina to keep it up.