TIME Magazine has named Pope Francis as its person of the year.
He has only been in the job 9 months but the magazine was impressed with how he has started.
Editor Nancy Gibbs said that rarely on the world stage had a new player captured so much attention so quickly.
She said Pope Francis had placed himself at the centre of debates about poverty, wealth, globalisation and other important issues.
A Vatican spokesperson said the decision of TIME magazine was positive news, but stressed that Pope Francis seeks neither personal fame, nor success.
This is the third time a Pope has received the recognition from TIME magazine: John Paul II was selected in 1994 and John XXIII was chosen in 1962.
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