Pope Francis is TIME's Person of the Year

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TIME Magazine has dubbed Pope Francis its Person of the Year


According to TIME, the Roman Catholic leader has changed the perception of the church in an extraordinary way since he took the position in March of 2013. 


Pope Francis beat out NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden for the distinction --  a title the magazine has bestowed since 1927.


Since taking over the Vatican, the Argentinian has urged the church to stop its obsession with “small-minded rules.” He has emphasized and embraced compassion in topics such as abortion, women in the church, LGBT rights, and contraception. 


Nancy Gibbs, the magazine’s managing editor said, “He really stood out to us as someone who has changed the tone and the perception and the focus of one the world’s largest institutions in an extraordinary way.”

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Cristina Arreola, Associate Editor

Cristina Mari Arreola is the Associate Editor. Originally from El Paso, Texas, she earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to New York City. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or frantically reading a novel from her (extremely lengthy) reading list. See what she's reading now on Goodreads, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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