For those of you who don't know why he was selected, Time's managing editor Nancy Gibbs called the Pope "a new voice of conscience."
"In his nine months in office, he has placed himself at the very
center of the central conversations of our time, about wealth and
poverty, fairness and justice, transparency, modernity, globalization,
the role of women, the nature of marriage, the temptations of power,"
she said. "When he kisses the face of a disfigured man or washes the
feet of a Muslim woman, the image resonates far beyond the boundaries of
the Catholic Church."
The Pope's response to the honor?
"The Holy Father is not looking to become famous or to receive honors.
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." -Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi
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And in related news, I actually met Edie Windsor who came in 3rd for Person of the Year. We met in Baltimore in 2012.
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