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Pope Francis Is Time's Person of the Year

Time magazine on Wednesday announced Pope Francis as the person of the year.

According to the Time’s editorial staff, the pope who was elected earlier this year after a surprise resignation by his predecessor Pope Benedict has been the most influential global newsmaker of the past 12 months.

Earlier this week, Time narrowed the finalists down to 10, then five. Pope Francis ultimately won out over NSA leaker Edward Snowden, Syrian president Bashar Assad, Texas senator Ted Cruz and gay rights activist Edith Windsor.

The magazine said that the Catholic Church's new leader has changed the perception of the 2,000-year-old institution in an extraordinary way in a short time.

"He really stood out to us as someone who has changed the tone and the perception and the focus of one of the world's largest institutions in an extraordinary way," said Nancy Gibbs, the magazine's managing editor.

 The Vatican said the honor wasn't surprising given the resonance in the general public that Francis has had, but it nevertheless said the choice was a "positive" recognition of spiritual values in the international media.

"The Holy Father is not looking to become famous or to receive honors," said the Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi. "But if the choice of Person of Year helps spread the message of the Gospel — a message of God's love for everyone — he will certainly be happy about that."

This is the third time the magazine has chosen a pope as its Person of the Year. Time gave that honor to Pope John Paul II in 1994 and to Pope John XXIII in 1963.

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2/D-61
Dec 12, 2013
08:08 AM

Anwaar,

Pope Francis is a good choice! The four runner-ups, NSA leaker Edward Snowden, Syrian president Bashar Assad, Texas senator Ted Cruz and gay rights activist Edith Windsor, are also big news makers, but Pope Francis is most likely to become a seminal figure.

Who is Senator Ted Cruz when he's at home? I believe the criterion for Person of the Year (formerly Man of the Year) is the person who has affected the lives of the largest number of people for better or worse. Pope Francis is definitely a choice with which no one will quibble.

Misogynist please note she is not called a 'lesbian' activist and her battle with the US government has resulted in the lifting of all federal laws discriminating against 'gay' marriages. That includes two women who are living in a relations hip sanctioned by some states.

Bonita, Chennai
1/D-6
Dec 12, 2013
12:45 AM
Pope Francis is a good choice! The four runner-ups, NSA leaker Edward Snowden, Syrian president Bashar Assad, Texas senator Ted Cruz and gay rights activist Edith Windsor, are also big news makers, but Pope Francis is most likely to become a seminal figure.
Anwaar, Dallas
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