Time Magazine Names Pope Francis as Person of the Year

Posted Wednesday December 11, 2013 11:02 AM GMT

It’s always interesting to see who has captured the hearts of the world so much that Time Magazine calls them their Person of the Year, and in 2013 Pope Francis has taken the honor.

Back in March, Francis left his post as the Cardinal and Archbishop of Buenos Aires to replace Pope Benedict XVI.

And ever since, Pope Francis has shown such love and compassion to others that he’s been branded “The People’s Pope.”

The Time cover story states, "In a matter of months, Francis has elevated the healing mission of the church -- the church as servant and comforter of hurting people in an often harsh world -- above the doctrinal police work so important to his recent predecessors. John Paul II and Benedict XVI were professors of theology. Francis is a former janitor, nightclub bouncer, chemical technician and literature teacher.”

"For pulling the papacy out of the palace and into the streets, for committing the world's largest church to confronting its deepest needs, and for balancing judgment with mercy, Pope Francis is Time's 2013 Person of the Year.”

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