December 11th, 2013
08:15 AM ET

Pope Francis' greatest hits of 2013

By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor
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(CNN) - First he won the Internet. Then he won Facebook. Now, Pope Francis has won Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2013.

"He took the name of a humble saint and then called for a church of healing," Time said in announcing the award on Wednesday. "The septuagenarian superstar is poised to transform a place that measures change by the century."

Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi said Time's announcement came as no surprise.

"It is a positive sign that one of the most prestigious acknowledgements in the field of the international press has been attributed to one who proclaims spiritual, religious and moral values in the world, and who speaks effectively in favor of peace and greater justice," Lombardi said.

"With regard to the Pope, for his part, he does not seek fame and success, since he carries out his service for the proclamation of the Gospel and the love of God for all. If this attracts men and women and gives them hope, the Pope is content. If this nomination as 'Person of the Year' means that many have understood this message, at least implicitly, he will certainly be glad," Lombardi continued.

In honor of Time's award, here are the year's top stories about Pope Francis:

Pope Francis won the Internet. Literally.

Even atheists love this Pope

Pope Francis' embrace of a severely disfigured man touches world

Why the Pope's embrace of the disfigured man is so powerful

Pope: I was once a bar bouncer

Pope Francis: No more business as usual

The Pope’s bold new vision

Pope Francis: Church can't 'interfere' with gays

Pope Francis on gays: 'Who am I to judge?'

The pope said what? Six stunners from Francis

- CNN Religion Editor

Filed under: Catholic Church • Pope Francis

soundoff (210 Responses)
  1. m.s.mohamed ansari

    Please bring original HISTORY .Six thousand journalist are suppressing the truth of history but in one day it will come out
    Now we are in 21st century there were times former journalist exposed truth and sacrificed their precious life for the sake of truth, they unveiled the real history. Perhaps contradicting to their present power and money clouded their mind and our upcoming generation becomes a victim.
    We do not believe politicians as we used to, we do not believe the media, and whereas we believe each other”
    Thanking you
    Your’s sincerely
    Pragmatism has now fallen foul of the continuing power of the press.

    February 7, 2014 at 7:55 am |
    • no2sharia4no2islime

      Roll Eyes....

      February 25, 2014 at 3:12 pm |
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      March 11, 2014 at 8:03 pm |
  2. corinthian

    A literal interpretation of The Holy Bible is actually a very recent phenomenon in Western civilization. It surfaced during the challenges presented to the role of the Church during the Age of Enlightenment in the 17th century; it makes strides upon the publication of The Origin of The Species by Charles Darwin in the 19th century; its has gathered force in the 21st century as the role of science in Western civilization is being presented with its own challenges...of still yet unanswered questions.
    Throughout history, the Church has not actually stood in opposition to the advances of science, nor disbelieved in the discoveries made by science: the Church only stood in opposition of the dissemination of knowledge of the advances of science, believing, quite rightly, that the masses would only be confused and conflicted with such knowledge, with the facts of science and the truth of religion...

    February 6, 2014 at 3:53 am |
  3. anthrogirl

    The Vatican provides translations for the media. They know exactly how he is being perceived by the media and by people all over the world. The Pope and his handlers have set a tone that so many Catholics have thirsted for over the past couple of decades. Love and sacrifice. Here in the US, it's all about me, my money, my status, my family, my home, my wants, my desires. The Pope is about we, about us. The Pope isn't saying anything new. He's just leading his flock down a path already laid out by Jesus. It's not wrong to ask, how can you live in that nice appointed home when you know that there are children starving in your community. That's what he was saying when he turned the opulent home of a cardinal into a shelter and why he himself has chosen to live in simpler quarters.

    January 19, 2014 at 9:10 pm |
  4. Women Clothed with the Sun


    know that you have many that came to support you in spirit, messengers in all levels, under different races, skin color, nationality,
    simply allow, we are here to bring us ALL to Glorified Beingness,
    we have all once sinned and have been down and have lied,
    we all may return back home, as fallen as you shall be,
    the weight of your heart at the gates is to be weighted, Father loves us all, as Mother in spirit,
    devoted spiritual being will be passed on to realms of much lighteousness,
    work hard, get rid of old, prey, meditate, get on healthy plan since our bodies matter so much for us to be able to enjoy our natural of God's light HIGH
    Million Divine Kisses to all my people
    Enjoy my video, share with rest of the world, we are at HOMEEEEEE

    January 10, 2014 at 9:59 pm |
  5. Jeebusss

    Good thing Satan is only in people's deluded imagination! However, if the Bible WAS real, God killed a héll of a lot more people than Satan ever did. I think Satan's total kill count was around 10 people in the entire Bible, but meanwhile God participated in genocide amounting to over 2 million+ deaths. Turns out God is kinda a model psychopath.

    January 7, 2014 at 6:10 pm |
    • guest

      I suppose many may think you are correct, but all death is the result of sin, even the deaths of those you blame on God.

      January 14, 2014 at 12:10 pm |
    • God vs the devil

      If the bible is correct then God both made and took out everything imaginable and unimaginable, and continues to do so and always will do so and Satan wouldn't be particularly relevant one way or the other.

      January 14, 2014 at 7:07 pm |
    • wilburw7

      God created all people. Satan created none.

      March 20, 2014 at 9:54 am |
      • igaftr

        That is on of many baseless hypotheses.

        March 20, 2014 at 10:08 am |
  6. Hear The Truth

    Check out http://www.Hear-The-Truth.com

    December 31, 2013 at 10:15 pm |
  7. Austin

    can any catholic provide me with any prayer from the bible to a deceased person in heaven, or can you provide me a biblical example of the idea of intercession of prayers? Can the Holy spirit guide our prayer to another person, and then back to the father to be then Mediated by Christ?

    serious question. again, I only want a biblical example and not an example from Catholic tradition or opinion. The bible is not a catholic book, so leave your books out of the conversation and answer the question biblically.

    December 29, 2013 at 12:01 pm |
    • guest

      Just a quick answer; there are no prayers in the Bible for or to the dead, but there are plenty of intercessory prayers. I'll be back with examples.

      January 14, 2014 at 12:24 pm |
    • Mariangela

      Actually, the bible is a Catholic book, and it was compiled by St. Jerome. I am glad you are seeking truth. Continue.

      February 3, 2014 at 8:39 am |
  8. Austin

    Idolatry is a pejorative term for the worship of an idol or a physical object such as a cult image as a god, or practices believed to verge on worship, such as giving honour and regard to created forms. In all the Abrahamic religions idolatry is strongly forbidden, although views as to what consti.tutes idolatry may differ within and between them. In other religions the use of cult images is accepted. Which images, ideas, and objects consti.tute idolatry is often a matter of considerable contention.

    Behaviour considered idolatrous or potentially idolatrous may include the creation of any type of image of the deity, or of other figures of religious significance such as prophets, saints, and clergy, the creation of images of any person or animal at all, and the use of religious symbols, or secular ones. In addition, Christian theologians, following Saint Paul, have extended the concept to include giving undue importance to other aspects of religion, or to non-religious aspects of life in general, with no involvement of images specifically. For example, the Catechism of the Catholic Church states: "Idolatry not only refers to false pagan worship. Man commits idolatry whenever he honours and reveres a creature in place of God, whether this be gods, or demons (for example satanism), power, pleasure, race, ancestors, the state, money etc."

    December 29, 2013 at 11:35 am |
    • Austin

      1 Timothy 2:5 ►
      For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus,

      Matthew 6:9-13
      9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

      December 29, 2013 at 11:38 am |
      • Austin

        Every prayer in the Bible from a godly person was a pray directly to God. We are son's of God, we have found favor with God, and the Holy Spirit is within us.
        Exodus 34:14
        Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.

        Exodus 20:23
        Do not make any gods to be alongside me; do not make for yourselves gods of silver or gods of gold.

        2 Kings 17:35
        When the LORD made a covenant with the Israelites, he commanded them: "Do not worship any other gods or bow down to them, serve them or sacrifice to them.

        “You shall not make for yourself an idol” is an abbreviated form of one of the Ten Commandments which, according to the book of Deuteronomy, were spoken by God to Israel and then written on stone tablets by God himself.[1]

        Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

        — Exodus 20:4-6

        December 29, 2013 at 11:44 am |
      • Ratpacker88888

        Can you prove that............

        January 5, 2014 at 11:33 am |
  9. George Wilcox

    I believe CNN's presentation of the Pope's first Christmas Eve message was awful. A great opportunity to show his message was completely overshawed by a panel and discussion. 30 seconds of music was heard and the message was interrupte over and over by discussions and, of all things – commercials. Discusting way to handle the Pope's first Christmas Eve Message.

    December 25, 2013 at 1:52 pm |
    • doobzz


      I'm always amazed that people can't pronounce and spell this word properly.

      I didn't watch the mass but I'm sure what you describe is annoying. It's like watching a sporting event and they keep cutting to the player's parents in the stands. I want to see the field of play.

      December 29, 2013 at 11:48 am |
      • Larry the cable guy fan

        So his grandma was at church and she said, "Is mass out" and they said "Nope, but your hat is on crooked"

        Discusting ain't it?

        December 29, 2013 at 8:27 pm |
        • doobzz

          Totally discusting, lol.

          December 29, 2013 at 11:52 pm |
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