Thursday, April 24, 2014   

Pope Francis earns person of the year accolade
(12-11 21:07)

US news magazine Time has named Argentinian Pope Francis as person of the year, saying that in nine months as head of the Catholic Church, he had become a new voice of conscience.
“Rarely has a new player on the world stage captured so much attention so quickly – young and old, faithful and cynical – as Pope Francis,'' explained Time managing editor Nancy Gibbs.
"In his nine months in office, he has placed himself at the very center of the central conversations of our time: about wealth and poverty, fairness and justice, transparency, modernity, globalization, the role of women, the nature of marriage, the temptations of power.''
The runner-up for the accolade was US National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, who has been granted asylum in Russia and with whom Time published an exclusive interview done by email.—AFP

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