Pope Francis is Time's Person of the Year

Pontiff beat out gay rights activist Edith Windsor, NSA leaker Edward Snowden
Associated Press
Dec 11, 2013

Time magazine selected Pope Francis as its Person of the Year on Wednesday, saying the Catholic Church's new leader has changed the perception of the 2,000-year-old institution in an extraordinary way in a short time.

The pope beat out NSA leaker Edward Snowden for the distinction, which the newsmagazine has been giving each year since 1927.

The former Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected in March as the first pope from Latin America and the first Jesuit. Since taking over at the Vatican, he has urged the Catholic Church not to be obsessed with "small-minded rules" and to emphasize compassion over condemnation in dealing with touchy topics like abortion, gays and contraception.

He has denounced the world's "idolatry of money" and the "global scandal" that nearly 1 billion people today go hungry, and has charmed the masses with his simple style and wry sense of humor. His appearances draw tens of thousands of people and his @Pontifex Twitter account recently topped 10 million followers.

"He really stood out to us as someone who has changed the tone and the perception and the focus of one of the world's largest institutions in an extraordinary way," said Nancy Gibbs, the magazine's managing editor.

The Vatican said the honor wasn't surprising given the resonance in the general public that Francis has had, but it nevertheless said the choice was a "positive" recognition of spiritual values in the international media.

"The Holy Father is not looking to become famous or to receive honors," said the Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi. "But if the choice of Person of Year helps spread the message of the Gospel — a message of God's love for everyone — he will certainly be happy about that."

It was the third time a Catholic pope had been Time's selection. John Paul II was selected in 1994 and John XXIII was chosen in 1962.

In Argentina on Wednesday, Padre Toto, one of the many "slum priests" the pope supported for years as archbishop of Buenos Aires, praised Time magazine's selection.

"I think the recognition of Time magazine is good news, because Pope Francis embodies one of the values of a church that's more missionary, closer to the people, more austere, more in keeping with the gospel," Toto said. "He had the genius of knowing how to express this sense of the church and hopefully his way of being will catch on with other political leaders, business executives, sports figures. His leadership is inspiring."

Besides Snowden, Time had narrowed its finalists down to gay rights activist Edith Windsor, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Syrian President Bashar Assad.

President Barack Obama was Time's selection for 2012.

Time editors make the selection. The magazine polled readers for their choice, and the winner was Egyptian General Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who didn't even make the top 10 of Time's final list.



The pope is always a safe choice in a year when no one individual really deserves the honor of Person of the Year. If Time had any backbone they would have declared that there was no recipient worthy of the honor in 2013.


And the right-winger's heads collectively explode!

Pope Francis: "Some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system. Meanwhile, the excluded are still waiting."

Rush Limbaugh: “This is just pure Marxism coming out of the mouth of the pope."

Pope Francis: "While the earnings of a minority are growing exponentially, so too is the gap separating the majority from the prosperity enjoyed by those happy few. Just as the commandment 'Thou shalt not kill' sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say 'thou shalt not' to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills."

Sarah Palin: "He's had some statements that to me sound kind of liberal, has taken me aback, has kind of surprised me."

No, Pope Francis is not a Marxist or a Liberal. He is a religious figure, wholly dedicated to representing the Holy Gospel as he understands it to a world caught up in a thousand other things.

If you think this guy is a Liberal, you ought to hear what Jesus Christ said!

I've just got to know -- does this mean the Republican's love affair with religion is over? I thought that the Republicans had co-opted religion as their own! And please don't tell me that the silly "War On Christmas" campaign will come to an end. I find it SO amusing!


So, where did Jesus say to have the Roman soldiers confiscate money from people at swordpoint to help the poor?

Christians are commanded to help others out of THEIR OWN wealth, not forcibly take the wealth of others to do so.

Liberation theology that promotes socialism is a false gospel.


Re: "Some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth,"

The inclusion of the term "trickle-down" alone demonstrates Il Papa's economic naiveté.

"The Catholic church is the biggest financial power, wealth accumulator and property owner in existence."

How about a little 'redistribution'? Put your money where your mouth is.



VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis said in the first peace message of his pontificate that huge salaries and bonuses are symptoms of an economy based on greed and inequality and called again for nations to narrow the wealth gap.
In his message for the Roman Catholic Church's World Day of Peace, marked around the world on January 1, he also called for sharing of wealth and for nations to shrink the gap between rich and poor, more of whom are getting only "crumbs."
"The grave financial and economic crises of the present time ... have pushed man to seek satisfaction, happiness and security in consumption and earnings out of all proportion to the principles of a sound economy," he said.
Francis, who was named Time magazine's Person of the Year on Wednesday, has urged his own Church to be more fair, frugal and less pompous and to be closer to the poor and suffering.

Don't worry, righties, you still have your whack-job messiahs Ted Cruz and Michele Bachmann in your corner (messiah - one who is anticipated as, regarded as, or professes to be a savior or liberator). Didn't Teddy Boy tell us the other week that he's doing God's work? That's funny - I must have missed the "arm every man, woman and child with a gun" and "shoot first and ask questions later" part of the bible in my bible study classes.


Re: "'I must have missed the "arm every man, woman and child with a gun' and 'shoot first and ask questions later' part of the bible in my bible study classes.'"

"Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword." (MT 10:34)

"He said to them, 'But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.'" (LK 22:36)

Using published material as your own without crediting the source is called plagiarism (theft).


Don't worry about me posting a Reuters story - I didn't try to pretend that it was my own. Plus, Rand Paul plagiarizes all the time, yet does pretend that it's his own. I haven't seen him hauled away in handcuffs yet.


Re: "I didn't try to pretend that it was my own."

If not, why was it not in quotation marks?

Rand Paul? Nice straw man argument.

So, are you also in agreement with other RCC teachings like those against homosexuality, abortion, et. al. or are you taking a cafeteria approach?


IMHO, publications like Time Magazine identifying a "Person of the Year" or Sports Illustrated a "Sportsperson of the Year" is merely a marketing ploy for the publications. Each of us have people we view as having provided positive influence, be it at a local, state, national or international level. But I struggle in believing there's anyone at a national or international, especially international level, that a vast majority of the nation's or earth's population would agree should be so recognized as being a best choice vs. others.

Whenever I read of a publication having awarded an individual 'X person of the year' status, I quite literally take zero stock in the award. I'm more interested in reading about selfless, positive influences people provide, doing so out of a self sense of honor or duty or similar. These are the people who should be awarded as they are the ones who never believe they've done anything above and beyond what others would do.


Pope – head of a religion.

Christian – one who is born again, a new creature, by personal experience and revelation of the risen Lord.

dorothy gale

You have had a "personal experience" with the risen Lord? Does he stop by for dinner, barbecues, and birthdays?


Since that day he has never left. The Lord my God is with me wherever I go. Even unto the end of the world!


Toredown, still waiting for that verse about forced redistribution by government.


I have seen where Pope Francis has said basically we should stand by the poor and help them. I have yet to see where he said we should "take" from the rich, or anybody else, and give it to the poor. He leaves that up to the individual to decide what each will donate or contribute. Till he does that he is not a Marxist, Socialist, or Communist. He leaves charitable donations up to the individual. He lives closer to the people than any Pope has for decades, if not centuries.