Pope Francis Is TIME Magazine's 2013 Person Of The Year
TIME calls their "Person of the Year," "The People's Pope." Pope Francis has proven to be far more inclusive of all people than any Pope in memory.
It's safe to say that he's shaken up the Catholic Church, whether it be through his efforts to get out and connect with people or his groundbreaking statements with regards to the gay community. Francis said, “If a homosexual person is of good will and is in search of God, I am no one to judge.”
That statement may not seem like much, but considering the messaging that come out of the Catholic Church over the years, this is a real step in the right direction.
Let's remember that many Catholic leaders (even the closeted gay ones) have shown no hesitancy in providing their judgment.
This Pope seems far more present in the 21st century than his predecessors and he's proven to be far more "Christ-like" in his dealings with people whether they be poor or disfigured.
At the very least, Pope Francis provides hope for what the Catholic Church, at it's best, could be.
What do you think of TIME Magazine's choice, Instincters?