Well, this isn’t that surprising. Pope Francis has been chosen (no pun intended religious bros!) as Time’s Person of The Year. The runner-up — Edward Snowden — was our choice. But hey, that’s life. Snowden was followed by Edith Windsor, Bashar Assad and Ted Cruz. Let’s all be thankful that although Miley Cyrus was in the top 10, she didn’t crack the top five.
Rarely has a new player on the world stage captured so much attention so quickly—young and old, faithful and cynical—as has Pope Francis. 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, globalization, the role of women, the nature of marriage, the temptations of power…. He is embracing complexity and acknowledging the risk that a church obsessed with its own rights and righteousness could inflict more wounds than it heals…. For pulling the papacy out of the palace and into the streets, for committing the world’s largest church to confronting its deepest needs, and for balancing judgment with mercy, Pope Francis is Time’s 2013 Person of the Year.
Maybe next year Time will pick someone who thinks women can make decisions about their own bodies and doesn’t think gay marriage is wrong. But until then, congrats Pope Francis.