Time Magazine has named Pope Francis its “Person of the Year”.
Time wrote in its announcement “He took the name of the humble saint and then called for a church of healing. He comes at a t time when the church seemed to need a huge burst of new energy”.
The Pope is a man of many firsts, he is the first non-European Pope in the modern era, the first Pontiff from South America, and the first Jesuit to be elected head of the Roman Catholic Church.
In his first public act, the new Pope broke with tradition by asking the estimated 15,000 people packed into St. Peter’s square to pray for him, rather than bless the crowd first.
Following him in the top give were NSA Leaker Edward Snowden, Gay Rights Activist Edith Windsor, Syrian President Basahar Al Assad and Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.
The top ten included Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos, singer Miley Cyrus, President Barack Obama, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services.
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