The Pope Francisco is the Person of the Year for Time magazine
Pope Francis was chosen Personality of the Year by Time magazine and was called the The Pope of the People.
“With the focus on compassion, the leader of the Catholic Church has become the new voice of conscience,” says the managing editor of the prestigious magazine Nancy Gibbs, on the election of the first Latin American pope in history as leading figure of the year.
In an extensive article reviewing its history and the first nine months of his pontificate, the magazine said Francisco “changed the perception of one of the largest institutions in the world” and emphasizes spontaneity with the faithful and their willingness to open on issues such as priestly celibacy, the role of women in the Church and homosexuality”.
Titled ” The Pope of the People” , Time notes that the Argentine Bergoglio “adopted the name of a humble saint and asked for a church to heal wounds” and adds that “the first non-European pope in 1200 years is about to transform a place in which changes take centuries.”
“In a very short period, a large, global and ecumenical audience has shown eagerness to follow. Having moved the papacy from the palace to the streets, committing the largest religion in the world to face their deepest needs and balance trial with mercy, Pope Francisco is the person of the Year 2013 by Time,” says Gibbs.