Pope Francis is third pope to win Time’s Person of the Year honour
VATICAN CITY (CNS) - Pope Francis is not seeking fame or accolades, but being named Time magazine’s Person of the Year will make him happy if it helps attract people to the hope of the Gospel, said the Vatican spokesman.
“It’s a positive sign that one of the most prestigious recognitions in the international press” goes to a person who “proclaims to the world spiritual, religious and moral values and speaks effectively in favor of peace and greater justice,” said the spokesman, Jesuit Fr Federico Lombardi.
The choice of Pope Francis “is not surprising, given the wide appeal and huge attention” to his pontificate so far, Fr Lombardi said in a written statement shortly after Time announced it had named the pope for the annual feature.
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