Pope Francis named Time's Person of the Year

pope francis “Who am I to judge?”Time magazine named Pope Francis as its Person of the Year on Wednesday, crediting him with shifting the message of the Catholic Church while capturing the “imaginations of millions” who had become disillusioned with the Vatican.

“So much of what he has done in his brief nine months in office has really changed the tone of what is coming out of the Vatican,” Time Editor Nancy Gibbs said in announcing the choice on NBC television’s “Today” program. “He is saying, ‘We are about the healing mission of the church, and not about the theological police work’.”

The Pope beat out former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden and gay rights activist Edith Windsor for the award. Other finalists included Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz from Texas.

“What makes this Pope so important is the speed with which he has captured the imaginations of millions who had given up on hoping for the church at all,” Time said on its website.

francis , person of the yearIn a statement read on “Today,” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said, “The Holy Father is not looking to become famous or to receive honors. But if the choice of Person of the Year helps spread the message of the gospel – a message of God’s love for everyone – he will certainly be happy about that.”

Reuters

  • 5thDrawer

    A man who talks for the humanity at the bottom of the human dung-heap.
    Why he’s on a ‘list’ with the others is the disturbing part … although I suppose there always has to be a bottom 10% around to vote on in TIME.

  • 5thDrawer

    A man who talks for the humanity at the bottom of the human dung-heap.
    Why he’s on a ‘list’ with the others is the disturbing part … although I suppose there always has to be a bottom 10% around to vote on in TIME.

  • Peaceforleb

    I really like this pope, He seems like a real genuine person who really cares about people and is not in this position for luxury only. Something other religious figures should be taking note of.

  • Peaceforleb

    I really like this pope, He seems like a real genuine person who really cares about people and is not in this position for luxury only. Something other religious figures should be taking note of.