POPE John Paul turned 80 on Thursday, an age at which most people are ready to slow down and take life a little easier.
Not so for the Polish-born pontiff who is almost halfway though one of the busiest years of his life.
The Year of Jubilee would tire many men half his age, but the Pope seems to keep going, travelling the world as well as maintaining a busy round of duties at the Vatican.
He appears to draw renewed energy from his spiritual encounters, as he did in Fatima last weekend and, earlier this year, in the Holy Land.
Here is a man who, with Our Lady’s intervention, survived an assassin’s bullet and has continued to carry the Church through one of its most trying eras.
Despite his nervous disorder, there can be little doubt that there is still plenty of life left in this remarkable Pope.