The Catholic Church said the Pope is not looking to become famous, but hopes that the honor helps them spread the word of the Lord.
“If the choice of Person of the Year helps spread the message of the Gospel - a message of God’s love for everyone - [Pope Francis] will certainly be happy about that,” said the Vatican’s spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi.
This is the third time a Catholic pope has become TIME’s Person of the Year. John Paul II was selection in 1994, and John XXIII was chosen in 1962.
Additionally, Pope Francis was chosen by MTV's college network, mtvU, as the "Man of the Year."
In a press statement, the television network said, "Pope Francis...assumed the leadership role of the Catholic Church in March 2013, while focusing on breaking down bureaucracy and making the church more inclusive and community focused."
Congrats to Pope Francs on both honors! Read the full article at TIME.