Calling him “The People’s Pope,” Time magazine today named Pope Francis their 2013 Person of the Year. In the cover story, Time says,
“What makes this pope so important is the speed with which he has captured the imaginations of millions.”
Pope Francis beat out several other finalists for the title, including President Barack Obama, Syria President Bashar Assad, NSA leak Edward Snowden, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and singer Miley Cyrus.
In a statement regarding the title, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said,
“It is a positive sign that one of the most prestigious recognitions by the international media has been given to a person who proclaims to the world spiritual, religious and moral values and speaks out forcefully in favor of peace and greater justice. … If this attracts men and women and gives them hope, the Pope is happy.”
For more, read Time’s Person of the Year cover story.