Pope Francis is Time Magazine’s Person of the Year
by FFE Entertainment News Staff
Pope Francis was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year on Wednesday, crediting the Argentinean pontiff of changing the public’s perception of the church in such a short time.
“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.
During his nine months in the papacy, Pope Francis made headlines by kissing a man covered with boils, washing prisoners’ feet, urged the Catholic Church not to be obsessed with “simple-minded rules”, and to show compassion when dealing with sensitive issues such as gay rights and abortion.
“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 Time’s Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs.
The Vatican said it is a “positive sign” that one of the most prestigious honours given by international media was awarded to “a person who proclaims.. spiritual, religious and moral values and speaks out forcefully in favour of peace and greater justice.”
“The Holy Father is not looking to become famous or to receive honours. 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,” Vatican Spokesperson Federico Lombardi said.
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden came as a runner up to the former Argentinean cardinal. Snowden leaked information of the NSA’s surveillance programs that involved companies supplying details of their customers to the U.S. government.
Other finalists were Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, gay right activist Edith Windsor, and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz.