Ever since today’s announcement that TIME Magazine had chosen Pope Francis as its 2013 Person of the Year, the Twitterverse has gone ablaze with commentary from everyday people and public figures alike. CNN has posted an article commemorating the occasion, along with a list of “Pope Francis’s Greatest Hits”:
Meanwhile, the Drudge Report links to an article from ABC highlighting the Pontiff’s popularity amongst Americans: 92% of US Catholics and 69% of the general American population holds a favorable opinion of the Pope.
POPE POLL: Vast Popularity Among Catholics… http://t.co/kKyPwbeqTn— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) December 11, 2013
Fr. Jonathan Morris, FOX News’s resident Church expert and Vatican correspondent, had this to say:
And if you’re wondering who some of the other contenders for this year’s POY were (aside from Edward Snowden and Miley Cyrus), BBC mentions a few more of them for you in their article:
Pope Francis named Time magazine's Person of the Year, with whistleblower Edward Snowden runner-up http://t.co/1A1vEnAju9— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) December 11, 2013
And while certain prominent Catholic figures such as Fr. Robert Barron don’t surprise us by expressing their joy over the announcement…
… comments from those who have gone on the record as having criticized the Church (such as the pro-gay marriage Lieutenant Governor of California and former Mayor of San Francisco Gavin Newsom) do raise some eyebrows – in a good way:
A voice of compassion, and a great choice for Time's Person of the Year — Pope Francis, The Choice http://t.co/amHUtDIZxY— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) December 11, 2013
And then there are the comments from everyday people, who, perhaps better than anyone else, reveal to us the positive impact that Pope Francis has had in the work of evangelization.
Even as someone who isn't religious, I'm somewhat happy that Pope Francis is TIME Person of the Year 2013 http://t.co/sDqDbUA11o— Sailesh Patel (@SaileshPyPatel) December 11, 2013
Pope Francis is TIME's choice for Person of the Year 2013. I love this guy! And I ain't Catholic. " He lives not… http://t.co/PA1pO4llmP— Joseph Magoola (@jmagoola) December 11, 2013
With this selection of Pope Francis as TIME’s 2013 POY, we see the fruits of the New Evangelization that is so close to the Pontiff’s heart. In a world often lost to consumerism and celebrities, the Joy of the Gospel continues to permeate through.