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Pope Francis Time 'Person of the year'

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Time magazine have named Pope Francis as their person of the year.

The publication has credited him with changing the perception of millions who had become disillusioned with the Vatican.

He’s the third Pontiff to be given the title, following John the 23rd and John Paul the second.

Since his election, nine months ago, Pope Francis has tried to retain his humility, in his first speech following his election he asked the people to pray for him.

“I want to ask you to pray to God to bless me: the prayer of the people for their bishop.”

He’s made some dramatic gestures, such as washing the feet of inmates in Messe Prison in Rome.

And he’s especially concerned with children, particularly those with disabilites, such as when he went to Assisi for the festival of his namesake, St Francis.

In an unscripted moment during a mass at St Peter’s Square in October, a small child appeared on the rostrum next to the Pontiff.

Despite the efforts of some Cardinals to remove the youngster, Francis seemed happy to let him stay.

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