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Time Magazine names Pope Francis person of the year

“The leader of the Catholic Church has become a new voice of conscience,” says editorial

Time Magazine names Pope Francis person of the year

Picture: Vatican Insider/La Stampa

Andrea Tornielli for Vatican Insider/La Stampa International

December 12, 2013

US news weekly TIME has chosen Pope Francis as person of the year from 2013, calling him “the People’s Pope”.

The magazine stressed that “the leader of the Catholic Church has become a new voice of con science.” Managing Editor of TIME, Nancy Gibbs explains the magazine’s choice: “Rarely has a new player on the world stage captured so much attention so quickly—young and old, faithful and cynical—as has Pope Francis.”

In the past TIME has paid tribute to other recent predecessors of Francis, namely John XXIII, in 1962 and John Paul II in 1994.

The director of the Holy see Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi, responded to the news by saying: "It is not surprising, considering the resonance and very widespread attention given to the election of Pope Francis and the beginning of his pontificate. It is a positive sign that one of the most prestigious acknowledgements in the field of the international press has been attributed to one who proclaims spiritual, religious and moral values in the world, and who speaks effectively in favour of peace and greater justice.”

"With regard to the Pope, for his part, he does not seek fame and success, since he carries out his service for the proclamation of the Gospel and the love of God for all. If this attracts men and women and gives them hope, the Pope is content. If this nomination as 'Person of the Year' means that many have understood this message, at least implicitly, he will certainly be glad,” the Vatican spokesman added.

Full Story: Time chooses Francis as person of the year

Source: Vatican Insider/La Stampa

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