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Pope Francis Is Time

Pope Francis Is Time's 2013 Person Of the Year

By JACKIE WILLIS

December 11, 2013

Pope Francis has earned the title of Time magazine's 2013 Person Of the Year.

This will be the third pope of the Catholic church to earn this title, but the 76-year-old Pope Francis was just elected on March 13, 2013. "At a time when the limits of leadership are being tested in so many places, along comes a man with no army or weapons, no kingdom beyond a tight fist of land in the middle of Rome but with the immense wealth and weight of history behind him, to throw down a challenge," managing editor Nancy Gibbs explains why Francis is the magazine's choice.

"When he kisses the face of a disfigured man or washes the feet of a Muslim woman, the image resonates far beyond the boundaries of the Catholic Church."

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Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told the TODAY show, who announced the Person Of the Year on Tuesday morning, in a statement: "The Holy Father is not looking to become famous or to receive honors. 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."

Other people to make the list included Edward Snowden, gay rights activist Edith Windsor, Syrian President Bashar Assad and the Tea Party's Sen. Ted Cruz.

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