Calling Pope Francis “The People’s Pope,” Time magazine today named Pope Francis its Person of the Year.
“For pulling the papacy out of the palace and into the streets, for committing the world’s largest church to confronting its deepest needs, and for balancing judgment with mercy, Pope Francis is Time’s 2013 Person of the Year,” Time said in its announcement.
The honor comes just one day after Pope Francis called for a global “wave of prayer” to combat the growing epidemic of hunger. The Vatican-based federation of Catholic charities, Caritas Internacionalis, organized this global campaign of prayer and action.
Catholic Charities Executive Director Msgr. Kevin Sullivan joined with Pope Francis yesterday to pray for the millions of people who face hunger throughout the world, urging others to do so as well.
Day in and day out, Catholic Charities helps solve the problems of those in need. The hungry, the homeless, the neglected child – non-Catholics and Catholics alike – receive help and hope promptly, locally, always with compassion and dignity.
Please join us in celebrating this honor for Pope Francis.
Join us, also, in heeding his call.