Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pontiff who won hearts and headlines with his humility and common touch, was named Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2013, the magazine revealed Wednesday.
The iconic title goes every year to the individual chosen by Time editors as someone who has had the most impact on the world and the news — for better or worse — over the past year.
Time managing editor Nancy Gibbs said that Pope Francis stood out "as someone who has changed the tone and perception and focus of one of the world's largest institutions in an extraordinary way" , adding " so much of what he has done in his brief nine months in office has really changed the tone that is coming out of the Vatican ".
Gibbs said that the magazine staff makes the ultimate decision, but they poll readers and take public opinion into account. This was the third time Time named a pope as its Person of the Year.