Much speculation has been circling around just who would be named Person of the Year by TIME Magazine. For quite some time the battle lines seemed to be drawn between NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden and twerker (?) Miley Cyrus. TIME had recently said that Pope Francis was also in the leading 3 contestants.
Pope Francis has drawn both criticism and praise. Interestingly enough, these seemingly paradoxical emotions came from the same people many times. We have all heard the stories of Pope Francis sneaking out at night dressed in disguise in order to give money to the poor, embracing disfigured men and lashing out criticism of capitalism.
Given all that, TIME Magazine has named Pope Francis Person of the Year.
“This focus on compassion, along with a general aura of merriment not always associated with princes of the church, has made Francis something of a rock star. More than 3 million people turned out to see him on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro last summer, the crowds in St. Peter’s Square are ecstatic…”
Church leaders are even reporting what they call the “Francis effect”. Thousands of Catholics, which have abandoned mass and confession are now returning in flocks.
Do you think TIME chose the right person for the title?