Pope Francis has history, but not time, on his side in reform push


Pope Francis arrives to lead a mass during his pastoral visit to the parish of Santa Maria Madre del Redentore in Rome on March 8, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-CATHOLIC-REFORM, originally transmitted on March 11, 2015.

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) At 78, Pope Francis isn't expected to have a lengthy pontificate. So how does he beat the clock to ensure his reforms live on after he does?