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Pope Francis named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year

Pope Francis has been selected as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, sharing the honor with notable figures ranging from Lech Walesa to Richard Nixon to Harry Truman.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV/CNN) – Pope Francis has been selected as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, sharing the honor with notable figures ranging from Lech Walesa to Richard Nixon to Harry Truman.

Time wrote in its announcement, “He took the name of a humble saint and then called for a Church of Healing. He comes at a time when the church seemed to be needing a huge burst of new energy.”

The Pope is the first non-European Pontiff in the modern era; the first Pope 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 150,000 people packed into St. Peter’s Square to pray for him, rather than bless the crowd first.

Following him in the top five were NSA leaker Edward Snowden, gay rights activist Edith Windsor, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, and Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.

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