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Time Magazine Selects 2013 Person of the Year

It seems like the beginning of a bad joke when you hear that President Obama, the Pope, and Miley Cyrus are in the running for the same title, and yet it’s true. Bizarre, but true.They were all among the finalists for Time Magazine’s Person of the Year.

Now, many of you are probably as annoyed and disturbed as I am that Miley was even in consideration to be in the same SENTENCE as the other finalists, but alas, we can calm down. She didn’t win.

Neither did NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, gay rights activist Edith Windsor, Syrian tyrant Bashar Assad.

Time Magazine’s 2013 Person of the Year is Pope Francis.

Time Magazine Person of the Year 2013
TIME

Some have argued that it was ‘the safe choice’ and that Edward Snowden more greatly impacted the globe this year.

Regardless, I like the choice.

The man who chose his papal name in honor of the patron saint of the poor, genuinely seems to just want to help those in need.

As a somewhat lapsed Catholic, I find it difficult, if not impossible, to follow a religion whose leaders seemed thoroughly hypocritical. I was taught to love thy neighbor, unless of course thy neighbor was gay. Jesus loves all his children, unless one of those children is raped and chooses to terminate the product of that rape.

And then along came Pope Francis.

‘If a homosexual person is of good will and is in search of God, I am no one to judge,’ he said.

Of women making one of the most difficult decisions, he asked, ‘Who can remain unmoved before such painful situations?’

The pontiff is still against gay marriage and abortion in any case, but it still seems like a teeny tiny step in a better direction.

Finally someone remembers, ‘Judge not, lest ye be judged.’
And in keeping with his beliefs that poverty is one of the world’s greatest problems, he turned down many luxuries that come with his position. He gave up a 12-room apartment for a small studio. He chose to ride the bus instead of using a chauffeured limo.

The man even TWEETS (and without holding back!)

Boom!

Was he a safe choice for Person of the Year? Maybe. But he’s certainly someone I admire.

Who would you name Person of the Year? Tell us in the comment section below!

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