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Pope Francis named Time magazine’s Person of the Year

DOMA plaintiff Edith Windsor makes list at #3
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

NEW YORK — Time magazine selected Pope Francis as its Person of the Year on Wednesday, saying the Catholic Church’s new leader has changed the perception of the 2,000-year-old institution in an extraordinary way in a short time.

Time-Person-Of-The-Ye_NatiThe pope beat out NSA leaker Edward Snowden for the distinction, which the newsmagazine has been giving each year since 1927.

The former Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected in March as the first pope from Latin America and the first Jesuit. Since taking over at the Vatican, he has urged the Catholic Church not to be obsessed with “small-minded rules” and to emphasize compassion over condemnation in dealing with touchy topics like abortion, gays and contraception.

He has denounced the world’s “idolatry of money” and the “global scandal” that nearly 1 billion people today go hungry, and has charmed the masses with his simple style and wry sense of humor. His appearances draw tens of thousands of p eople at a clip and his @Pontifex Twitter account recently topped 10 million followers.

“He really stood out to us as someone who has changed the tone and the perception and the focus of one of the world’s largest institutions in an extraordinary way,” said Nancy Gibbs, the magazine’s managing editor.

The Vatican said the honor wasn’t surprising given the resonance in the general public that Francis has had, but it nevertheless said the choice was a “positive” recognition of spiritual values in the international media.

“The Holy Father is not looking to become famous or to receive honors,” said the Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi. “But if the choice of Person of Year helps spread the message of the Gospel – a message of God’s love for everyone – he will certainly be happy about that.”

It was the third time a Catholic pope had been Time’s selection. John Paul II was selected in 1994 and John XXIII was chosen in 1962.

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DOMA plaintiff Edith Windsor makes list at #3

Besides Snowden, Time had narrowed its finalists down to gay rights activist Edith Windsor, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Syrian President Bashar Assad.

On Windsor, Time’s Eliza Gray writes:

“It is difficult to overstate the practical benefits to every gay American following Windsor’s victory in June. After the Supreme Court decision, gay couples could file joint tax returns, get access to veterans’ and Social Security benefits, hold on to their homes when their spouses died and get green cards for their foreign husbands and wives. For many couples—especially those with children and those without means—these benefits and protections are not merely symbolic.”

Windsor talks to Time about gay people in her generation: “Most of us have spent most of our lives coming out selectively. It’s safe here. It’s good here. You can say you have a wife here, but not there.”

Though she had always been quietly supportive in the gay community, generous with her time and money, she had not been—in the most literal meaning of the word—an activist. Her case, of course, has changed that. “I can’t be more out,” she says joyfully.

Read Time’s story and watch video of Windsor here.

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55 more reader comments:

  1. Well done!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 3:26pm
  2. Very happy that it wasn’t Miley Cyrus. I like the pope.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 3:27pm
  3. Awesome choice

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 3:27pm
  4. #lamafiamasgrandeviveenelvaticano

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 3:29pm
  5. So it’s cool for the Person of the year to help pedophiles hide and avoid criminal prosecution?

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 3:30pm
  6. Oh boy. You're ignorance is exactly like the homophobes have on us.

    Replied on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 3:33pm
  7. Not true. YOUR ignorance promotes the atrocities against children at the hands of the Catholic church. Wake up.

    Replied on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 3:35pm
  8. You are correct Joe Ray.

    Replied on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 4:25pm
  9. Edward Snowden SHOULD’VE been Person of the Year. Just sayin.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 3:31pm
  10. Folks, remember Putin & Hitler were also Time’s person of the year.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 3:34pm
  11. Javier - Pope Francis is neither Putin or Hitler but a man about love and inclusion. smile

    Replied on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 5:12pm
  12. Didn't the Pope regularly speak out against homosexuality in his home country? I mean before he became Pope.

    Replied on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 5:55pm
  13. Yes, yes he did. Some choice quotes: “Let’s not be naïve, we’re not talking about a simple political battle; it is a destructive pretension against the plan of God. We are not talking about a mere bill, but rather a machination of the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God.” “The Argentine people will face a situation whose outcome can seriously harm the family… At stake is the identity and survival of the family: father, mother and children. “At stake are the lives of many children who will be discriminated against in advance, and deprived of their human development given by a father and a mother and willed by God. At stake is the total rejection of God’s law engraved in our hearts.” “One of the pillars of our legal order – marriage as a public good – would crumble. ... The state’s legal order must not be neutral on marriage and homosexual unions just as it can’t be (neutral) on the common good: society owes its survival to families founded on marriage, not homosexual unions." “The bill will be discussed in the Senate after July 13. Look at San Jose, Maria, Child and ask them [to] fervently defend Argentina’s family at this time. [Be reminded] what God told his people in a time of great anguish: ‘This war is not yours but God’s.’ May they succor, defend and join God in this war.”

    Replied on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 6:15pm
  14. Excellent choice!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 3:38pm
  15. I applaud him he accepted the lgbt community :)

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 3:38pm
  16. Said no little boy ever.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 3:39pm
  17. Um, WHY?!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 3:40pm
  18. nice

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 3:43pm
  19. I like the direction this gentle man seems to be taking the Catholic church. Despite their feelings about us queers, – I think he’s moving to a more honest place with things. Congratulations to Edie Windsor! What a tremendous honour! !!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 3:44pm
  20. He’s attempting to bring Christ back to Christianity. He has a lot more work to do! Mitakuye Oyasin

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 3:48pm
  21. Stupid choice

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 3:54pm
  22. Fucking boo

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 3:57pm
  23. Fucking deluded folks. If you still think he is a good “Christian” and better pope, you are kidding yourself. He is nothing but PR of an outdated, misogynist, and ignorant cult followers of a Jewish zombie and ignorant fishermen mythologies.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 3:59pm
  24. Why does time pick someone who supports discrimination against LBGT people man of the year ?

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 4:00pm
  25. He is trying to change the church, and he has been calling the church out on a lot of it's bullshit. Do you even know anything about this Pope or are you just talking for the sake of talking?

    Replied on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 4:58pm
  26. "Talking for the sake of talking"? That implies Luis isn't stating a fact. The Pope is, in fact, just as hardline conservative as any of his peers. “Let’s not be naïve, we’re not talking about a simple political battle; it is a destructive pretension against the plan of God. We are not talking about a mere bill, but rather a machination of the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God.” “The Argentine people will face a situation whose outcome can seriously harm the family… At stake is the identity and survival of the family: father, mother and children. “At stake are the lives of many children who will be discriminated against in advance, and deprived of their human development given by a father and a mother and willed by God. At stake is the total rejection of God’s law engraved in our hearts.” “One of the pillars of our legal order – marriage as a public good – would crumble. ... The state’s legal order must not be neutral on marriage and homosexual unions just as it can’t be (neutral) on the common good: society owes its survival to families founded on marriage, not homosexual unions." “The bill will be discussed in the Senate after July 13. Look at San Jose, Maria, Child and ask them [to] fervently defend Argentina’s family at this time. [Be reminded] what God told his people in a time of great anguish: ‘This war is not yours but God’s.’ May they succor, defend and join God in this war.”

    Replied on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 6:18pm
  27. This church is still Anti gay so time endorser of hate !

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 4:03pm
  28. So TIME made the hypocrite Pope Franky man of the year. WTF

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 4:05pm
  29. He is a remarkable person…..

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 4:07pm
  30. Great pick! Congratulations Time Maazine!!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 4:12pm
  31. Meh. He represents a terrorist organization.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 4:15pm
  32. If y’all don’t like the church, then don’t be a member of that church.
    Duh.
    He’s first and foremost a religious leader, and to think y’all are demanding that he speak up about child abuse cases like it’s not being done in Protestant churches?
    THAT is delusion, brought to you by american fundamentalists.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 4:17pm
  33. Protestant churches don't usually have the backing of a multi-billion dollar organization with almost unilateral authority and organization to prevent justice from being done.

    Replied on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 6:20pm
  34. Somewhat disappointed, was hoping Snowden would win.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 4:22pm
  35. Scecilia, when you stop fapping yourself with franky, think about his grandiose hypocrisy.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 4:28pm
  36. I think he is a worthy choice. He may be upholding discrimination but we’re seeing something with him that shows promise for other things: he is evolving, and he doing so rather publicly.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 4:33pm
  37. Can you realy say if one person in a group is a molestor then they all must be ? I happen to think this Pope is about change and is trying . There are good people and bad people in every group .

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 4:34pm
  38. Exactly. People seem to forget that.

    Replied on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 5:12pm
  39. Not n my universe,they just wantta sell lots of their mag/rag!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 4:34pm
  40. It looks like a hospital bathrobe.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 4:36pm
  41. Not very happy about this. Whatever.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 4:42pm
  42. I’m not religious at all, but I really like this guy he actually lives and runs the church like it is supposed to witch is humble.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 4:44pm
  43. Edith has definitely changed everything and us all!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 4:48pm
  44. Horrible choice.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 4:55pm
  45. I dislike religion. But I think this man is a good person in his heart. He’s just misled about a few things. I hope he continues to call the church on its crap, but I would like him better if he realized that hating on homosexuals is a part of that crap.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 5:03pm
  46. He is a very compassionate man.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 5:06pm
  47. Change are you kidding ? This church covered up years of child abuse , the official position is against LBGT equality in all forms of society ! I know a wolf in sheeps clothing.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 5:08pm
  48. Love it.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 5:12pm
  49. Given what he is up against, I think he is doing a darn good job.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 5:16pm
  50. …he should be….what a refreshing change from his predecessors….”who am I to judge/”……priceless……

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 5:16pm
  51. "Who am I to judge?" he asks. I was wondering that too, especially after he said the following: “Let’s not be naïve, we’re not talking about a simple political battle; it is a destructive pretension against the plan of God. We are not talking about a mere bill, but rather a machination of the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God.” “The Argentine people will face a situation whose outcome can seriously harm the family… At stake is the identity and survival of the family: father, mother and children. “At stake are the lives of many children who will be discriminated against in advance, and deprived of their human development given by a father and a mother and willed by God. At stake is the total rejection of God’s law engraved in our hearts.” “One of the pillars of our legal order – marriage as a public good – would crumble. ... The state’s legal order must not be neutral on marriage and homosexual unions just as it can’t be (neutral) on the common good: society owes its survival to families founded on marriage, not homosexual unions." “The bill will be discussed in the Senate after July 13. Look at San Jose, Maria, Child and ask them [to] fervently defend Argentina’s family at this time. [Be reminded] what God told his people in a time of great anguish: ‘This war is not yours but God’s.’ May they succor, defend and join God in this war.”

    Replied on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 6:19pm
  52. Booo

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 6:51pm
  53. Please the actions of the church speak for themselves ! They have opposed every law that bans discrimination against LBGT community and still do! That is a fact not what I say just ask the Pope the Vatican their position on LBGT people having equal rights and justice!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 6:59pm
  54. The “liberal” Pope… I hope he makes all the good changes for the good of humanity. He seems to be well on the way towards that.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 7:13pm