Statement on Pope Francis as Time “Person of the Year”

This morning I was delighted to learn that His Holiness, Pope Francis was named Time magazine’s “Person of the Year.”  Let me share with you my statement that I released to the press:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 11, 2013

The election of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio as the successor of Saint Peter seemed to surprise many who had not yet heard of the Archbishop of Buenos Aires. While he may have been unknown at the time, since he first appeared on the balcony of Saint Peter’s Basilica on that chilly, wet evening of March 13, Pope Francis has captivated the world, as he preaches the Gospel and shares its messages of the love and mercy of God, our responsibility to care for our sisters and brothers in need, and the ever present invitation of Jesus and His Church to “come and see.” Just like Blessed Pope John Paul II was in 1995, Pope Francis has been named Time’s “Person of the Year” for presenting the Church’s timeless truths to today’s world. In all that he does, through his humble ways and simple lifestyle, Pope Francis clearly radiates the joy that comes from loving God and caring for his people. There could be no finer choice for “Person of the Year.”

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3 Responses to “Statement on Pope Francis as Time “Person of the Year””

  1. Rita says:

    In fact, Pope John Paul II was Man of the Year (the title then) in 1994. (Newt Gingrich was named in 1995.) Another pope, John XXIII, to whom Pope Francis seems more similar, was Man of the Year in 1962.

  2. Irene says:

    Hear! Hear! Pope Francis is definitely my Man of the Year! He makes me proud to be Catholic and, like someone said, “makes me want to be a better person”.

  3. Joan says:

    Pope Francis is indeed the Person of the Year for all the right reasons.