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.”