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Pope Francis is named Time Magazine ‘Person of the Year’

December 16, 2013
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Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina became Pope Francis just nine months ago. He is the first Latin American pope in history.

Last week Pope Francis was named the Time Magazine Person of the Year. It is an honor that goes to a person, group, and ideas or object that “for better or for worse has done the most to influence the events of the year.”

Many observers thought the person who best fit that description is Edward Snowden. He is the National Security analyst who revealed the secrets of the agency to the world.

The title does not necessarily reflect the most popular person.

Time magazine said Pope Francis earned the honor, “For pulling the papacy out of the palace and into the streets. For committing the world’s largest church to confronting its deepest needs. For balancing judgment with mercy. He took the name of a humble saint and then called for a church of healing.”

Pope Francis is noted for reaching out to the common people. He is making the Catholic church more sympathetic to women, abortion and homosexuality. He said, “Who can remain unmoved before such painful situations? And if a homosexual person is of good will and is in search of God, I am no one to judge.”

There is no question that Pope Francis is proposing historical changes in the Catholic Church, even though he was elected as Pope only a short time ago.

Source: Time Magazine                                                                                                        December 11, 2013

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