TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Time magazine has elected Pope Francis as Person of the Year 2013 over his controversial but inspiring favors as the head of Catholic Church. Since his first taking over the position, Pope Fancis has voiced and performed several changes in concern of poverty, justice, transparency, modernization, globalization, female rights, marriage and power abuse.
Time magazine has begun to annually vote the title since 1927, with Charles Lindbergh as the first winner. This year, Time has voted the Pope despite the presence of powerful contenders like whistleblower Edward Snowden and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Edward Snowden was likely to win the title, especially over his action on leaking the NSA secrets which caused quite bit of a stir in the United States. Meanwhile, Bashar al-Assad remained a surprising cast in the nomination, given his challenged presidency in the nation.
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