Pope Francis honored as Time Person of the Year

CREATED Dec. 11, 2013

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 NEW YORK – Time Magazine has revealed its 2013 Person of the Year, and it is Pope Francis.

The Pope beat out a list of finalists that included President Obama, Miley Cyrus, and NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

Pope Francis has created a buzz among Catholics and non-Catholics alike with his views on topics like homosexuality and economics, by shirking the opulence of the papacy in favor of a modest life, and by personally ministering to the sick and infirm. Earlier this year, the Pope even took the time to pose with a newlywed couple in The Vatican while wearing a clown nose.

Time's Person of the Year recognizes the individual who has most influenced the world, for better or worse. Past recipients of the honor include Mahatma Gandhi, Ronald Reagan and Adolf Hitler.

Pope Francis is the third pontiff to receive the honor, joining Pope John XXIII in 1962 and Pope John Paul II in 1994.