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Time chooses Pope Francis as its Person of the Year

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Time Magazine named Pope Francis its Person of the Year.

Time wrote in its announcement, "He took the name of a humble saint and then called for a church of healing.  He comes at a time when the church seemed to be needing a huge burst of new energy."

Pope Francis is a man of many firsts.  He is the first non-European pope in the modern era, the first pontiff from South America and the first Jesuit to be elected head of the Roman Catholic Church.

In his first public act, the new pope broke with tradition by asking the estimated 150,000 people packed into St. Peter's Square to pray for him, rather than bless the crowd first.

 

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