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Pope Francis Named Person of the Year by Time

"It's great timing. For Christmas we celebrate the coming of Christ into the world, love and salvation, so I think it's great timing. It's a great way to celebrate Christmas," said Fr. Collin.
HAGERSTOWN, Md. - He's being called the people's Pope, and Time Magazine agrees naming Pope Francis person of the year.

Pope Francis is one of three Popes who have been named person of the year. Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXII were before him.

He was chosen as Pope just last March, and time magazine is recognizing him because of his quick ability to connect with people across the world, not just Catholics.

"It's really amazing, you wouldn't believe how many people have come up to me over this year and said, ‘What do you think of Pope Francis?’ And a lot of them are not even Catholic," said Father Collin Poston of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hagerstown.

Father Collin said one of the greatest things about the new Pope is his accessibility to the people.

"He's very evangelistic, he's a go-getter, he's very much a person who wants to be in the crowd and with the people," said Fr. Collin.

And Fr. Collin says the Pope is an inspiration for many, including the students at Saint Mary's Catholic School.

"Well, I was very excited because he's kind of an idol for me. And I like how simple he is and humble he is," said seventh grader at St. Mary’s, Harrison Ewing.

And because of the Christmas season, the local Catholic community has a lot to celebrate.

"It's great timing. For Christmas we celebrate the coming of Christ into the world, love and salvation, so I think it's great timing. It's a great way to celebrate Christmas," said Fr. Collin.

And another word for Pope is Pontifex, and Fr. Collin said that means "bridge builder.” He said Pope Francis is actually helping to build bridges between the Catholic community and the rest of the world, which he said truly makes him person of the year.

And other 2013 finalists of Time Person of the Year included Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, Republican Senator Ted Cruz, gay rights activist Edith Windsor, and fugitive NSA leaker Edward Snowden, among others.
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