Time Person of the Year: Pope Francis
Miley Cyrus will have to make do with being named MTV’s Artist of the Year.
Time magazine — which is owned by Time Inc. like EW, announced its “Person of the Year” this morning, and the honor goes not to the one who is always twerking, but one who is working to rebrand the church and re-emphasize the importance of helping others.
“[Pope Francis] took the name of a humble saint and then called for a church of healing,” Time explains of the choice, referring to him as “The People’s Pope.” “The first non-European pope in 1,200 years is poised to transform a place that measures change by the century.”
In the accompanying lengthy cover story, which is available online, the editors outline how Pope Francis has changed many opinions about the Catholic church since taking the position in March of this year, including auditing the known-to-be-corrupt Vatican Bank, beginning commissions on the sex abuse scandals that have haunted the church, as well as reportedly sometimes sneaking outside the Vatican dressed as an ordinary priest to hand out alms to the poor.
The nine other finalists for the annual award, which is given to the individual who has “had the most impact on events this year, for better or worse,” included Bashar Assad,Jeff Bezos, Ted Cruz, Miley Cyrus, Barack Obama, Hassan Rouhani, Kathleen Sebelius, Edward Snowden and Edith Windsor.
Last year, the honor went to President Obama, who also was named Person of the Year in 2008.