Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pontiff who won hearts and
headlines with his humility and common touch, was named Time magazine's Person
of the Year for 2013, the magazine revealed Wednesday on TODAY.
Time managing editor Nancy Gibbs said Pope Francis had
changed the tone, the perception and focus of one of the world's largest
institutions in an extraordinary way.
The iconic title goes every year to the individual
chosen by Time editors as someone who has had the most impact on the world and
the news — for better or worse — over the past year.
was a very interesting choice this year," said managing editor Nancy Gibbs
magazine staff makes the ultimate decision, Gibbs said, but they poll readers
and take public opinion into account.
spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told TODAY in a statement that "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."
Leader Edward Snowden finished second as Time
announced its choice on the "Today" show Wednesday.
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