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News December 11, 2013

Pope Francis: 'Person of the Year' / El Papa Francisco, elegido Hombre del Año por la revista TIME

Pope Francis has been named Time Magazine's 'Person of the Year' for 2013.

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has been named Time Magazine's ‘Person of the Year’ for 2013. He is the third Roman Pontiff to receive this honour after John XXIII in 1962 and John Paul II in 1994.

The Head of the Holy See’s Press Office, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, issued the following statement:

“The decision didn’t come as a surprise given the great resonance and attention surrounding the election of Pope Francis right from the start of the new pontificate. The fact that one of the most prestigious awards to be attributed by the international press should go to someone who promotes spiritual, religious and moral values as well as call for peace and greater justice in an incisive manner is a positive sign. As for the Pope himself, he’s not someone who seeks fame and success, because he has put his life at the service of announcing the Gospel of the love of God for mankind. It is pleasing to the Pope that this service should appeal and give hope to women and men. And if this choice of ‘Person of the Year’ should mean that many people have understood this message - at least implicitly - the Pope is really happy about this."

Nancy Gibbs, who was appointed Time's first ever female managing editor in September, has made the following statement about the magazine’s choice: "Rarely has a new player on the world stage captured so much attention so quickly – young and old, faithful and cynical – as has Pope Francis. 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. He is embracing complexity and acknowledging the risk that a church obsessed with its own rights and righteousness could inflict more wounds than it heals. For pulling the papacy out of the palace and into the streets, for committing the world¹s largest church to confronting its deepest needs, and for balancing judgment with mercy, Pope Francis is TIME's 2013 Person of the Year."

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Ciudad del Vaticano, 11 diciembre 2013 (VIS) - El director de la Oficina de Prensa de la Santa Sede, Padre Federico Lombardi, ha comentado así la elección de Papa Francisco como “Hombre del año” por Time Magazine:
La decisión no sorprende, teniendo en cuenta la resonancia y la gran atención despertadas por la elección del Papa Francisco y por el principio del nuevo pontificado. Es una señal positiva que uno de los reconocimientos más prestigiosos en el ámbito de la prensa internacional se atribuye a quien anuncia al mundo valores espirituales, religiosos y morales y habla resueltamente a favor de la paz y de una mayor justicia.
Por cuanto respecta al Papa, no busca ni fama ni éxito, porque cumple con su servicio anunciando el Evangelio del amor de Dios por todos. Si esto atrae a los hombres y a las mujeres y les da esperanza, el Papa está contento. Si esta elección como “Hombre del año” significa que muchos han entendido -por lo menos implícitamente- este mensaje, seguramente, se alegra”.