Pope Francis named Time magazine’s Person of the Year

Pope Francis named Time magazine’s Person of the Year

Pope Francis named Time magazine’s Person of the Year

Written by Bella Dalima

11 Dec, 2013 | 9:39 pm

Pope Francis has been named Person of the Year by Time magazine.

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was runner-up.

Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the then cardinal archbishop of Buenos Aires, was made Pope last March. He named himself Francis after a 12th Century Italian saint who turned his back on an aristocratic lifestyle to work with the poor.

Since then, he has eschewed some of the more regal trappings of high office, made headlines by washing the feet of prisoners, and is planning some major reforms to the Church.

This is the third time a Pope has received the recognition from Time magazine. John Paul II was selected in 1994 and John XXIII was chosen in 1962.

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