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Pope Francis named Time's Person of the Year

Beats Snowden, Assad, Ted Cruz, Edith Windsor

11 December, 13:57
Pope Francis named Time's Person of the Year (ANSA) - Rome, December 11 - Pope Francis has been named Time magazine's Person of the Year, succeeding Barack Obama.

Elected in March after the shocking resignation of Benedict XVI, the former archbishop of Buenos Aires has been widely hailed as ushering in a new era of Vatican reform while winning countless fans with his humility and man-of-the-people touch. Francis beat four others who made Time's shortlist: NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, American Senator and Tea Party Republican Ted Cruz, and Edith Windsor, an 84-year-old widow who won her suit against the American government for not recognizing her marriage to another woman, bringing an end to the US ban on gay marriage.