(WXIA) -- Pope Francis I is Time magazine's 2013 Person of the Year.
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The pope, who was named the 266th pope on Mar. 13, beat out several other notables for the honor, including NSA leaker Edward Snowden, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
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Time managing editor Nancy Gibbs said Pope Francis, who was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio, was chosen because he brings humility and compassion to the most powerful position in the Catholic Church.
"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," Gibbs wrote. "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."
Past Person of the Year winners include President Barack Obama (2012), The Protester (2011), Mark Zuckerberg (2010) and Ben Bernanke (2009).
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