TIME has named Pope Francis its Person of the Year, crediting him with shifting the Catholic Church message while capturing the imagination of people disillusioned with the Vatican.This is the third time that the magazine has chosen a pope as its Person of the Year.
The Argentinian pontiff beat former whisteleblower Edward Snowden and gay rights activist Edith Windsor to emerge the top runner. The final selection is made by TIME editors, who consider suggestions from the magazine's more than 20 lakh Twitter followers.
Notably, in September this year, the Pope gave a groundbreaking interview, in which he asked the Vatican to get rid of an obsession with teachings on abortion, contraception and homosexuality, and become more merciful. Earlier, he had told reporters that he was not in a position to judge homosexuals who are of good will and in search of God, taking a break from trhe typical stand of the Church.