Time Person of the Year


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Greg Margevicius `16

Time Magazine has released the shortlist of candidates for the Time Person of the Year. The candidates were: Bashar al-Assad, President of Syria; Jeff Bezos, Amazon Founder; Ted Cruz, Texas Senator; Miley Cyrus, singer; Pope Francis, leader of the Catholic Church; Barack Obama, President of the United States; Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran; Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services; Edward Snowden, N.S.A. Leaker; Edith Windsor, gay rights activist.

Time chose Pope Francis, leader of the Catholic Church, as Person of the Year. Pope Francis, sometimes called the People’s Pope, became Pope in March 2013.  Time said that he has made statements which have brought the Church back to the ideals of helping the poor and trying to understand the pains of others.  The Pope, originally from the New World, lived a humble life in Buenos Aires, Argentina taking the subway to and from the Cathedral, and would frequently go into the Barrios of the city and minister to all.  His policy of never refusing to visit with anyone would continue into his papacy when on Holy Thursday he washed the feet of convicts in an Italian prison.

The runner-ups for the award were Edward Snowden, Edith Windsor, Bashar al-Assad, and Ted Cruz.

Source: http://poy.time.com/2013/12/09/top-ten-finalists-for-person-of-the-year/