Pope Francis named person of the year

NEW YORK - Time magazine on Wednesday named Pope Francis its person of the year, saying that in nine months in office the head of the Catholic Church had become a new voice of conscience.

"Rarely has a new player on the world stage captured so much attention so quickly - young and old, faithful and cynical - as Pope Francis,'' explained Time managing editor Nancy Gibbs.

"In his nine months in office, he has placed himself at the very center of the central conversations of our time: about wealth and poverty, fairness and justice, transparency, modernity, globalisation, the role of women, the nature of marriage, the temptations of power."

The runner-up for the accolade was NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, who has been granted asylum in Russia and with whom Time published an exclusive interview conducted over email.

Share your thoughts

Discussion 1 : 12/12/2013 at 01:08 AM
This is the best Pope the world has had for a long time. A really likeable, down-to-earth person.
Discussion 2 : 11/12/2013 at 10:47 PM
A man of peace and love... Many thanks Francis, God bless you.

Back to top

More From Bangkokpost.com