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Pope Francis is Time's Person of the Year

NEW YORK (AP) - Pope Francis has been selected by Time magazine as the Person of the Year.

In only his first year, the pope was selected by the magazine's editors as the person who had the greatest impact on the world, for good or bad, during 2013.

Time Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs said Pope Francis had changed the tone, the perception and focus of one of the world's largest institutions in an extraordinary way.

Leaker Edward Snowden finished second as Time announced its choice on the "Today" show Wednesday.

The other nine finalists include:

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david77james April 06 2014 at 2:13 PM

Nonetheless, I ask everyone to consider the fact that the pope is a mere flesh and blood man.

Jesus Christ is the ONE who paid our sin debt in full. He said: "whosoever believes on me shall not perish, but have everlasting life - whosoever does not believe on me, shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him."

Therefore, we can see that there are two sides of God - one side (His love) is rewarder of those who acknowledge Him and seek Him - and the other side (His justice) punishes those who reject Him, the only one in the universe that qualifies to be worshipped, because of what Jesus Christ did for mankind, when the sins of the world were poured out upon Him while He suffered death in our place, so that every person who clings to the cross by faith, just like the thief on the cross did, shall realize God's promise of eternal life!

How awesome - no jumping through religious hoops to attempt to please God our Creator with some system of "good works" to "earn" salvation. Salvation is the gift of God, and is received exclusively by faith in Christ, not as merit for human good works.

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david77james December 12 2013 at 9:41 AM

I have to retract a statement I made yesterday, concerning the cross being covered up on one of the pope's visits. I read it on somebody's post, and I repeated it here, without checking it out. So, again, I retract that statement, until or unless I can verify it as fact.

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Frank December 12 2013 at 6:00 AM

Snowden is a traitor period and if Time decided to go with him as the Person of the year it would have been a big injustice to all the men and woman that lost their lives protecting the American way of life as we know it.

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krf1942 December 12 2013 at 5:36 AM

As a Humanist, I have the utmost respect for this man

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FRED December 12 2013 at 5:50 AM

But his distaste for capitalism is a mistake. Without Capitalism, the Catholic church would not be the largest land owner in Manhattan or the most wealthy religious organization in the world. MOre than 60% of all the money it takes in is from America, the land of capitalism.

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jjhc242 December 12 2013 at 5:29 AM

The World is playing into his hands just as was prophesied in God's Holy letter to humanity, the Bible. See Revelations chapters 17, 18, and 19.

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milenakoncar December 12 2013 at 4:15 AM

i gotta admit... that Obama looks good in that laughing pic!..... his wife.... not so much! :/

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milenakoncar December 12 2013 at 4:12 AM

well..... this Pope is SOOOOO Argentinean in his ways!!!!!!! PLUS he's Sagittarius. All the descriptions about him that i read fit PERFECTLY WELL with the mixture of an Argentinean personality/ways AND being a Sagittarian:

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SandorSarika December 12 2013 at 6:29 AM

and he's bringing the Argentinean political arena to the CC. Is he another Peronist?

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brillusf December 12 2013 at 3:42 AM

No ones need to be Catholic or pratice the religion to know how great this Pope is . Great exemple of human been ....We all need to be better to each other because soon we all be judge in the final days, get ready. As per the President , he is free to relate and be civil to everyone , why should his wife be intimidate by any other women that just require a bit of attention at any occasion ? After all Lady Michelle is the one choose by him to be His wife and she does have all the qualities of a well great lady , well educate , charm , kind , distinguish first lady . Folks turn all your minds to a more positive attitude, make your lives more productive to serve others . Leave judments to who are capable to pass them . And his name Is God .

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SandorSarika December 12 2013 at 6:21 AM

I'm Catholic but it seems that this Pope is just too good to be true. I agree with him on matters of faith and morals but his political matters....um....

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Ute December 12 2013 at 3:26 AM

They were talking about the Mayor of Toronto

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Bob December 12 2013 at 3:06 AM

I am not Catholic. I really don't believe in reiligion, but this man is simply so outstanding that he is the picture of what faith is all about.

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