Known also as ‘The People’s Pope’, Pope Francis was named Time’s Person of the Year 2013!
Pope Francis, who believes firmly in humility, stunned the world time and time again with his steadfast and surprisingly open beliefs and opinions.
From refusing to attend lavish balls in his honor, to dressing up like a superhero in the night and helping the homeless, Pope Francis has become a veritable breath of fresh air for the Catholic church.
In just 9 months, he’s released information on Vatican finances for the first time, shedding light on an unfair system full of infighting. He reprimanded the lavish German Archbishop, has cold-called strangers in distress, and even offered to baptize the baby of a divorced woman whose married lover wanted her to abort it.
By this, he is doing more than modeling mercy and transparency. He is, as Time describes “embracing complexity and acknowledging the risk that a church obsessed with its own rights and righteousness could inflict more wounds than it heals.”
For the Pope, the church’s place is to help those who are in need of it, and not to stand back and judge from afar. While displaying flexibility, he also has stuck to his guns regarding some of the church’s principal beliefs.
The runner up for Person of the Year was Edward Snowden, dubbed The Dark Prophet. According to Time:
He pulled off the year’s most spectacular heist. Exiled from his country, the 30-year-old computer whiz has become the doomsayer of the information age.