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Gay magazine The Advocate names pope 'person of the year'

Francis 'stark change' from predecessors, says publication

17 December, 17:20
Gay magazine The Advocate names pope 'person of the year' (ANSA) - Rome, December 17 - The December issue of historic US-based LGBT magazine The Advocate has named Pope Francis ''person of the year''.

The magazine ran a close-up of the smiling pope on the cover with a quote that says ''If someone is gay and seeks the Lord with good will, who am I to judge?''.

''Pope Francis is the leader of 1.2 billion Roman Catholics all over the world. Like it or not, what he says makes a difference'', the magazine said in its editorial justifying the decision. ''Pope Francis' stark change in rhetoric from his two predecessors - both whom were at one time or another among The Advocate's annual Phobie Awards - makes what he's done in 2013 all the more daring''.

Founded in 1967, The Advocate is the oldest and largest LGBT publication in the US.