Time Magazine Says ‘Habemus Papam!’ With Person of the Year

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One year ago, he was Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires. Today he is Pope Francis, the leader of 1.2 billion Catholics, and Time magazine’s Person of the Year. He is not the first Pope to be awarded Person of the Year; John Paul II was 1994′s, and John XXIII had the honor in 1962.

Time is calling Pope Francis “The People’s Pope,” praising him for taking the name of “a humble saint,” St. Francis of Assisi. In a video accompanying the announcement, Time contributor Howard Chua-Eoan explained why Pope Francis was selected. Chua-Eoan said it went beyond the historic choice of a Pope from the New World and Latin America.

In determining who will be the Person of the Year, the editors at Time consider the “person or persons who most affected the news and our lives, for good or ill, and embodied what was important about the year.” The other candidates under consideration by Time for 2013 were: Edward Snowden, Edith Windsor, Bashar Assad, and Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.).

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