Pope named Person of the Year

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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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