HOORAY FOR POPE FRANCIS!
Radio ) Pope Francis has been chosen by Time Magazine as ‘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
“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."