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Pope Francis Named "Person of the Year"

Time Magazine names Pope Francis as "Person of the Year" for 2013.
Time Magazine has named Pope Francis "Person of the Year." Pope Francis has been given the title that many other world leaders have held. People in the community say they're pleased with the magazine's decision because the pope has already touched their lives. Father Mark Gurtner of the Fort Wayne, South Bend Diocese Church anticipated this title for the pope.

"I heard that they were going to announce who "person of the year" was and I thought well it has to be Pope Francis, I mean it has to be Pope Francis, he's made such an impact on the world," said Gurtner.

He says he is pleased with this year's winner because of the pope's different way of teaching.

"I think the great thing about Pope Francis is that all these great gestures of love that he has shown us to the world taking into his arms those are who are disfigured are not just empty gestures but that when you see Pope Francis do this, you really know that he is really extending his love," he said.

The 76-year-old Argentinean was elected pope just nine months ago after the surprise resignation of Pope Benedict. Others around Fort Wayne agree that this title for the pope is fitting.

"I think it's a great thing, I think he's really for the people," said Jacob Stutzman.

"What he's doing for the catholic faith and for the whole world really shows that people respect him for doing good things," said Bobby Bowers.

This year Pope Francis has made several headlines. He has shown an acceptance for homosexuality as well as the roles of women in the church. He has also addressed poverty and inequality around the world.

"He’s really showing that he's a very humble person."

"His decision and his actions push us to be better Catholics ourselves and make us want to be more Christ-like," said Bowers.

Pope Francis is now the third pope to be named person of the year by time. Previously Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII have been on the cover.

 

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