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Pope Francis named Time's Person of the Year

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Pope Francis is Time’s Person of the Year, announced Time’s Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs to Matt Lauer on the Today Show this morning.

The Pope, head of the Roman Catholic Church since March, has backed his words with actions. He is a humble man who is refocusing the Catholic Church and the world on humanitarian issues. He has quietly pushed the issues of poverty, justice, marriage and women back onto the front pages. He has emphasized the need for the Catholic Church to heal and comfort its flock as well as the people of the world.

“TIME got it right! #PersonOfTheYear,” wrote the Diocese of Harrisburg, which includes the Catholic community of Lancaster, on its Facebook page this morning.

Gibbs announced the remaining contenders and Miley Cyrus was not among them. The other contenders were:

2nd – Edward Snowden

3rd – Edith Windsor

4th – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

5th – Senator Ted Cruz

Edward Snowden, 29, was the source of National Security Agency (NSA) leaks. A former employee for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and contractor for the NSA, he brought to light the NSA surveillance on US citizens. His disclosures and leaks caused relationship issues between the US and other countries, as well as increased conspiracy issues here at home.

Edith Windsor is an 85 year old woman who became a gay rights leader. After her partner, Thea Spyer, died, she fought for the right for spousal benefits. Her lawsuit against the federal government pushed this issue to the front pages across the nation and evolved her into a symbol for the gay rights movement.

Bashar al-Assad succeeded his father, Hafez al-Assad, to be named President of Syria in 2000. He ordered military sieges and cracked down hard on pro-rebel protesters. A year after becoming president, many countries were calling for his resignation. The Civil War in his country has killed thousands and led to the increased harsh treatment of women and children in the country.

Senator Ted Cruz, a hero to the Tea Party, tore the Republican Party in half and essentially shut down the US government.

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