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UPDATE: Time Magazine's "Person of the Year 2013" is Pope Francis

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UPDATE: Time magazine has chosen Pope Francis as its "Person of the Year" for 2013. Reasoning for the selection includes the reasoning that he has accomplished so much in such a short amount of time.

Time magazine announces its “Person of the Year” every December, and prior to the announcement, it has been leading up to the event with its finalists for the title. According to Yahoo! News on Monday, the magazine has revealed its ten finalists for its 2013 “Person of the Year.” Some were expected while others, such as twerking-singer Miley Cyrus formerly of “Hannah Montana” fame, were not.

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After Time named President Barack Obama 2012’s “Person of the Year,” it is no surprise to see he is once again a finalist for the title. Alongside the president, another United States politician has made the list. Quite the opposite from Obama in policy beliefs, Texas Senator Ted Cruz is being considered for the title. The ten finalists are names that have made headway - whether positive or negative - and headlines in the news in the past year.

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The finalists for Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year 2013” are (in alphabetical order):

  • Bashar Assad, President of Syria
  • Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder
  • Ted Cruz, U.S. senator representing Texas
  • Miley Cyrus, singer
  • Pope Francis, leader of the Catholic Church
  • Barack Obama, President of the United States
  • Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran
  • Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services
  • Edward Snowden, NSA leaker
  • Edith Windsor, gay rights activist

2013’s “Person of the Year” will be announced on Wednesday.

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