Pope Francis is Time person of the year; Modi fails to make it to final ten

Published Dec 12, 2013, 12:37 am IST
Updated Mar 18, 2019, 11:25 pm IST
Edward Snowden becomes runner-up; Narendra Modi fails to make it to last ten.

New York: Time magazine on Wednesday named Pope Francis its person of the year, saying that in nine months in office the head of the Catholic Church had become a new voice of conscience.

BJP's PM candidate and Gujarat CM Narendra Modi, who was among 42 global leaders shortlisted, did not make it to the final ten. 


"For pulling the papacy out of the palace and into the streets, for committing the world?s largest church to confronting its deepest needs and for balancing judgment with mercy, Pope Francis is TIME's 2013 Person of the Year," wrote managing editor Nancy Gibbs.

"Rarely has a new player on the world stage captured so much attention so quickly - young and old, faithful and cynical - as Pope Francis.

"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."


The runner-up for the accolade was NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, who has been granted asylum in Russia and with whom Time published an exclusive interview conducted over email.

Here are the finalists for Person of the Year in 2013: 

Bashar Assad, President of Syria

Jeff Bezos, Amazon Founder

Ted Cruz, Texas Senator

Miley Cyrus, Singer

Pope Francis, Leader of the Catholic Church

Barack Obama, President of the United States

Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran

Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Edward Snowden, N.S.A. Leaker

Edith Windsor, Gay rights activist