With the end of 2013 drawing near, it’s the time for everyone to make their lists of tastemakers and tastebreakers of the year.
While MTV dubbed Miley Cyrus the “Best Artist of 2013” and the lady who seemed to rule the internet, TIME decided to go a different route with their Person of the Year. Very different actually.
TIME chose Pope Francis as their Person of the Year, and it looks like the people of Facebook agree.
The magazine refers to Pope Francis as “the people’s pope” and says, “He took the name of a humble saint and then called for a church of healing. The first non-European pope in 1,200 years is poised to transform a place that measures change by the century.”
— TIME.com (@TIME) December 11, 2013
Born Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Pope Francis was formerly a Cardinal and Archbishop of Buenos Aires. While his retirement papers were on file at the Vatican awaiting approval, he “inherited the throne of Saint Peter” on March 13, 2013.
When it comes to LGBTQAI+ issues Pope Francis has said, “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”
About women who consider abortion because of poverty or rape, Pope Francis said, “Who can remain unmoved before such painful situations?”
And in this time of technology and social media, the Pontiff has a very strong presence. Almost daily he is posting words of wisdom and motivation on his official Twitter account.
Many agree with TIME on their choice of Pope Francis as Person of the Year.
Bravo #Time Magazine for your selection of Pope Francis as person of the year! Reuniting a disgruntled world community with genuine humility
— Marcos Urias (@UnikoMarcos) December 12, 2013
— Brendan (@B3Peo) December 12, 2013
No one more deserving than @Pontifex for TIME Person of the Year. Selfless acts of kindness are always rewarded; if not here, in His kingdom
— Dan Krapu (@dkrapu_7) December 12, 2013
The runners-up for TIME Person of the Year include Edward Snowden (2), Edith Windsor (3), Bashar Assad (4), and Ted Cruz (5).