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TIME Chooses Pope Francis as 'Person of the Year'

Pope_francisTIME has chosen Pope Francis as its 'Person of the Year' over these folks, who were also on the shortlist:

Bashar Assad, President of Syria
Jeff Bezos, Amazon Founder
Ted Cruz, Texas Senator
Miley Cyrus, Singer
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 writes, in its cover story:

He makes masterly use of 21st century tools to perform his 1st century office. He is photographed washing the feet of female convicts, posing for selfies with young visitors to the Vatican, embracing a man with a deformed face. He is quoted saying of women who consider abortion because of poverty or rape, “Who can remain unmoved before such painful situations?” Of gay people: “If a homosexual person is of good will and is in search of God, I am no one to judge.” To divorced and remarried Catholics who are, by rule, forbidden from taking Communion, he says that this crucial rite “is not a prize for the perfect but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak.”

TIME explains why it chose the Pope in a video, AFTER THE JUMP...

DOMA plaintiff Edie Windsor came in at #3. Here's the TIME profile.

Edie Windsor wrote, in a note emailed this morning also announcing the launch of her new website:

“I am honored that Time chose me as one of the number 3 individuals in the top 5 nominees for ‘Person of the Year,’ but I am just one person who was part of the extraordinary and on-going fight for marriage equality for all our families. There are thousands of people who helped us come this far and we still have a lot more work to do. The gay community is my ‘person of the year’ and I look forward to continuing to fight for equal rights and educate the public about our lives alongside my gay brothers and sisters and our allies. Even without taking the ‘Person of the Year’ even being in the top 5 is an extraordinary way to end a year that has been historic for all of us and truly spectacular for me and gave me the chance to tell my story via Time through an interview and audio interview with photo slideshow. Thea would be thrilled, proud and so happy to see what we have all accomplished together.

A video profile of Windsor, AFTER THE JUMP...

Edith Windsor profile:

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  1. Safe and appropriate choice.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Dec 11, 2013 7:57:13 AM

  2. He's really a breath of fresh air.

    Posted by: Mikey | Dec 11, 2013 8:41:29 AM

  3. My vote is for Snowden.

    Posted by: Anonymous | Dec 11, 2013 8:52:56 AM

  4. Francis remains a woman-hating, child-hating homophobic bigot.

    He uses nicer language than the Nazi who preceded him but make not mistake - he is an evil, hate-filled ugly monster who is fueled by moronic bigotry.

    And he believes in 'god'. How can someone so wilfully stupid as to believe in mythical sky-fairy be regarded as a positive influence on our world.

    Posted by: MaryM | Dec 11, 2013 9:24:32 AM

  5. Pope Francis, Snowden, and Windsor were the only people on this list who caused a major cultural shift that is likely to impact future generation.

    Miley Cyrus is an attention-baiting nominee, right? Right? Ugh.

    Posted by: Daniel | Dec 11, 2013 9:29:23 AM

  6. How did Frankie Pope cause a major cultural shift that is likely to impact future generation.

    So far he has confirmed his hatred of women by stating categorically that their vaginas preclude them from being priests. With regards to gay people - all he has done is to say to be more discreet about hating us but never fear - we remain evil.

    Francis is an improvement on the vicious monster who came before him, but the bar is so incredibly low when it comes this pack of child abusers that this is hardly praise.

    Posted by: MaryM | Dec 11, 2013 9:37:12 AM

  7. TIME got this one way wrong. While some of the new Pope's words have been admirable, his influence has yet to be felt.

    Snowden, on the other hand, impacted a broad swath of areas from government to technology, business to entertainment.

    But at least it wasn't Miley.

    Posted by: crispy | Dec 11, 2013 9:38:23 AM

  8. Well, we knew it would be the Pope, didn't we?

    I'm glad that Edie received #3 and true to form, I love her gracious comment that "The Gay Community" is her Person of the Year.

    Posted by: pete n sfo | Dec 11, 2013 9:39:46 AM

  9. Who was chosen Miss Congeniality?

    Posted by: Esther Blodgett | Dec 11, 2013 9:54:00 AM

  10. Time is all about selling magazines. It's not about who REALLY is the person of the's about who they can put on the cover and have it sell. Jesus and/or Mary have been on the cover of Time at least a couple of dozen times. The whole "person of the year" is from a bygone era anyway.

    Posted by: Frank | Dec 11, 2013 10:01:48 AM

  11. Yay Pope Francis! The People's Pope.
    In a way, he reminds me of Princess Diana - so down-to-earth, very well loved and benevolent. A force for good in the world.
    He's all about the sprit-of-the law, not the letter.
    May he prosper always!

    Posted by: David Drom Canada | Dec 11, 2013 10:12:31 AM

  12. The pope is a delusional idiot who believes that he is infallible (but only when he is sitting in the right chair). It is amazing that anybody pays any attention to him at all. But such is the power of superstition.

    Posted by: Joel | Dec 11, 2013 10:41:00 AM

  13. He's moving gay rights forward...

    Posted by: Ankerich | Dec 11, 2013 11:09:39 AM

  14. Pope Francis is, in his way, doing his best in trying to move the Catholic Church and the world into the 21st century. A good choice.

    Posted by: Jack M | Dec 11, 2013 11:11:43 AM

  15. Good choice....Snowden exposed corruption because he couldn't handle having a black president....

    Posted by: Ankerich | Dec 11, 2013 11:12:47 AM

  16. The Time editors board is probably very drunk when they make these selections, or they throw darts at the wall, or both.

    Posted by: anon | Dec 11, 2013 11:15:32 AM

  17. I love all the anti-religious bigots on here. HA! Yeah it is a dumb choice to pick the religious leader of 1.2 billion people world wide. A guy who does more good in one day than the majority of readers will do in their entire life. SO DUMB of Time magazine to do.

    Posted by: Perry | Dec 11, 2013 11:17:54 AM

  18. The Pope does good? By spreading the delusion that he is infallible? By telling gay people that they are sick and sinful? I cannot think of anything in my life or the life of anybody else that has been made better by this delusional old man.

    Posted by: Joel | Dec 11, 2013 11:33:23 AM

  19. Was expecting Snowden because his influence was so of this year, and he would have been a controversial choice. The Pope's words have certainly been newsworthy, but how they will filter down is a story for the future. Whether he is good or evil isn't really the consideration--he's still forcing Catholics and others to think about where they stand.

    I love that Edie was right behind them. Quite the trio of the year. May Cruz be a historical footnote.

    Posted by: Ernie | Dec 11, 2013 12:18:00 PM

  20. He talks a good game, at any rate.

    "Time" should put a copy of this issue in the hands of every Catholic priest. So far, their reception of New Pope's admonishments towards less crapola has been, "Sorry. What was that?"

    Posted by: FFS | Dec 11, 2013 12:57:35 PM

  21. Umm, is anyone surprised? Look at the list.

    Posted by: Paul R | Dec 11, 2013 1:16:48 PM

  22. A pope who has said a few tiny semi-kind words (and granted is a huge improvement over his predecessors) or a woman who helped change history and right an injustice for an entire people? Great choice Time.

    Posted by: Brandon H | Dec 11, 2013 3:04:47 PM

  23. I'm sorry but NO. Marym got it exactly right with "Francis remains a woman-hating, child-hating homophobic bigot."

    When this b!tch starts denouncing the homophobic Vatican doctrine, lets women into the priesthood, and does what needs to be done on the child-molestation-by-priests front, then we can have a convo about him being SOOOO GREAT.

    Posted by: redball | Dec 11, 2013 3:21:57 PM

  24. Don't let Francis fool you. He is a nice man who leads a fairly humble life. His firmly held views on every major issue are exactly the same as Ratzinger and JPII. The first major appointment he made to be an Archbishop in Connecticut was a bishop who had led an investigation of American Nuns, and condemned them for concentrating on the "social gospel" and not speaking out about the "evils" of homosexuality, divorce, abortion, contraception etc. A condemnation which Francis stated that he agrees with. He has also venerated the Shroud of Turin, a 13th century hoax and recently carried, in a ceremony, a box of bones, which he claims are the bones of Peter the first pope. LOL! He is substantially no different than his predecessors. Just a more humane looking package.

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 11, 2013 4:12:21 PM

  25. Well if the requirement is popularity, why not choose Confucius. You know China's population is 1.3 Billion plus Japan which will outdo the Catholics. If Jesus qualified, then Confucius also should. By the way Hitler won the title in 1938 and Stalin won it in 1942. That shows Time magazine really got good taste.

    Posted by: simon | Dec 11, 2013 5:59:53 PM

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