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Pope Francis; Time's Person of the Year 2013

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12/11/2013 11:37:25 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
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Pope Francis, The Choice
With a focus on compassion, the leader of the Catholic Church has become a new voice of conscience. Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs explains why Francis is TIME's choice for Person of the Year 2013

By Nancy Gibbs Dec. 11, 2013341 Comments
To read about TIME"s choice in Spanish and Portuguese, click below.
EL ELEGIDO: El Papa Francisco es la Persona del A"o 2013 de TIME
A Escolha: O Papa Francisco " a Personalidade do Ano eleita pela Time em 2013

Once there was a boy so meek and modest, he was awarded a Most Humble badge. The next day, it was taken away because he wore it. Here endeth the lesson.

How do you practice humility from the most exalted throne on earth? Rarely has a new player on the world stage captured so much attention so quickly"young and old, faithful and cynical"as has Pope Francis. In his nine months in office, he has placed himself at the very center of the central conversations of our time: about wealth and poverty, fairness and justice, transparency, modernity, globalization, the role of women, the nature of marriage, the temptations of power.

At a time when the limits of leadership are being tested in so many places, along comes a man with no army or weapons, no kingdom beyond a tight fist of land in the middle of Rome but with the immense wealth and weight of history behind him, to throw down a challenge. The world is getting smaller; individual voices are getting louder; technology is turning virtue viral, so his pulpit is visible to the ends of the earth. When he kisses the face of a disfigured man or washes the feet of a Muslim woman, the image resonates far beyond the boundaries of the Catholic Church.

The skeptics will point to the obstacles Francis faces in accomplishing much of anything beyond making casual believers feel better about the softer tone coming out of Rome while feeling free to ignore the harder substance. The Catholic Church is one of the oldest, largest and richest institutions on earth, with a following 1.2 billion strong, and change does not come naturally. At its best it inspires and instructs, helps and heals and calls the faithful to heed their better angels. But it has been weakened worldwide by scandal, corruption, a shortage of priests and a challenge, especially across the fertile mission fields of the southern hemisphere, from evangelical and Pentecostal rivals. In some quarters, core teachings on divorce and contraception are widely ignored and orthodoxy derided as obsolete. Vatican bureaucrats and clergy stand accused of infighting, graft, blackmail and an obsession with "small-minded rules," as Francis puts it, rather than the vast possibilities of grace. Don"t just preach; listen, he says. Don"t scold; heal.

And yet in less than a year, he has done something remarkable: he has not changed the words, but he"s changed the music. Tone and temperament matter in a church built on the substance of symbols"bread and wine, body and blood"so it is a mistake to dismiss any Pope"s symbolic choices" as gestures empty of the force of law. He released his first exhortation, an attack on "the idolatry of money," just as Americans were contemplating the day set aside for gratitude and whether to spend it at the mall. This is a man with a sense of timing. He lives not in the papal palace surrounded by courtiers but in a spare hostel surrounded by priests. He prays all the time, even while waiting for the dentist. He has retired the papal Mercedes in favor of a scuffed-up Ford Focus. No red shoes, no gilded cross, just an iron one around his neck. When he rejects the pomp and the privilege, releases information on Vatican finances for the first time, reprimands a profligate German Archbishop, cold-calls strangers in distress, offers to baptize the baby of a divorced woman whose married lover wanted her to abort it, he is doing more than modeling mercy and "transparency. He is "embracing complexity and acknowledging the risk that a church obsessed with its own rights and righteousness could inflict more wounds than it heals. Asked why he seems uninterested in waging a culture war, he refers to the battlefield. The church is a field hospital, he says. Our first duty is to tend to the wounded. You don"t ask a bleeding man about his cholesterol level.

This focus on compassion, along with a general aura of merriment not always associated with princes of the church, has made Francis something of a rock star. More than 3 million people turned out to see him on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro last summer, the crowds in St. Peter"s Square are ecstatic, and the souvenirs are selling fast. Francesco is the most popular male baby name in Italy. Churches report a "Francis effect" of lapsed Catholics returning to Mass and confession, though anecdotes are no substitute for hard evidence, and surveys of U.S. Catholics, at least, see little change in practice thus far. But the fascination with Francis even outside his flock gives him an opportunity that his predecessor, Benedict XVI, never had"to magnify the message of the church and its power to do great good.

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SemperVI
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12/11/2013 11:58:49 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
I read that article earlier today. While I am not a catholic, I like this guy and think he will be good for the Catholic church. You know he used to be a bar bouncer?
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12/11/2013 12:05:18 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 12/11/2013 11:58:49 AM, SemperVI wrote:
I read that article earlier today. While I am not a catholic, I like this guy and think he will be good for the Catholic church. You know he used to be a bar bouncer?

Yeah. He's one heck of a guy!
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12/11/2013 1:24:07 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
pope francis: falling within the parameter of what (real) Christians are expecting the Biblical False Prophet to be saying and doing
..... is this the time ?
.. is he the one ?
.. only time will tell

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And he (God) gave some apostles .. and some prophets .. and some evangelists .. and some teaching pastors .. for the perfecting of the saints .. for the work of the ministry .. for the edifying of the body of Christ .. till we all come in the unity of the faith .. and of the knowledge of the Son of God .. to a perfect (complete) man .. to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ . . . . Ephesians 4:12 .. http://dadmansabode.com... .. come and learn