Pope Francis has been named Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2013. He was chosen by the magazine for his impact on the world and news in 2013.
Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told NBC's TODAY that "the Holy Father is not looking to become famous or to receive honors. But if the choice of Person of Year helps spread the message of the gospel — a message of God's love for everyone — he will certainly be happy about that."
The Person of the Year title is chosen by Time's editors, but they do take public opinion into account.
Second on the list was Edward Snowden, an American fugitive and former National Security Administration contractor who leaked thousands of top-secret documents about U.S. surveillance programs.
Rounding out the top five were gay rights activist Edith Windsor, whose Supreme Court victory led to the fall of the Defense of Marriage Act; Syrian President Bashar Assad, for the role he played in his nation's civil war; and Tea Party darling Sen. Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican known for his filibustering skills.
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