Pope Francis today marks his 80th birthday and shows no sign of slowing down in his drive to reshape the Catholic Church to reflect his own vision of compassion and humility.
Three years and nine months after his election, the first pope from the Americas continues to set a relentless pace as he reaches a milestone at which cardinals are ushered into semi-retirement.
Pope Francis has not ruled out that possibility following the historic example of his predecessor Benedict XVI, who retired, exhausted, in 2013. But there is no suggestion that could happen soon.
Born into a family of Italian heritage on December 16, 1936, Jorge Bergoglio became the 266th pope when he was elected on March 13, 2013.