Pope Francis Named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year

Pope Francis Named Time Magazine's Person of the YearPope Francis was named the Person of the Year by Time Magazine saying that the catholic leader changed the perception of the 2,000 year old institution in such as short period of time. Pope Francis surpassed United States intelligence whistle blower Edward Snowden for the award. The Person of the Year award is handed out each year by the magazine since 1927.

Former Argentine Cardinal, Pope Francis was elected in March and is the first Pope coming from Latin America and the first Jesuit Pope as well. Ever since working at the Vatican, Pope Francis has urged the Catholic people not to obsess themselves with minor rules and to broaden their compassion over condemnation in dealing with several controversial topics such as gay marriages to abortion. Pope Francis has also denounced the idolatry of money and the scandal that almost a billion people are going hungry. The Pope has charmed the people with his great sense of humor and being simple.

Pope Francis stood out as someone who has greatly changed the perception and tone of the Catholic Church and the focus of the one of the largest institutions in another way. Following Edward Snowden on the list of person of the year finalist is gay rights activist Edith Windsor, and then followed by Syrian President Bashar Assad and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz.

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