Proven: Pope Francis Has Conquered the Internet

11/13/2013 at 03:00 PM EST

Pope Francis Most Talked-About Person on Internet in 2013
Pope Francis hugs a man with neurofibromatosis in Saint Peter's Square at the end of his General Audience in Vatican City, November 6, 2013.
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The dust has cleared, the gloves are off, and it's official: Pope Francis won the Internet this year. Global Language Monitor, a Texas-based company that tracks the most frequently mentioned terms on the Web, announced that the pontiff topped their 14th-annual survey of English-language blogs, social media, and 275,000 electronic and online news sites.

Francis beat out NSA leaker Edward Snowden, real-life Disney princess – and also the Duchess of Cambridge – Kate Middleton, and even Miley Cyrus, who practically was the entire Internet for a post-VMA minute.

The Pope's Twitter handle, @Pontifex, was the fourth most-talked about word in 2013 so far. Given that the most-talked about words were "403" (the numeric code for a broken page on the Internet), "fail" (the Internet's go-to slang-taunt for anything that doesn't work), and "hashtag," (or "#," which aggregates topics on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook), that's a pretty serious victory.

Whether it's his proficiency with selfies, his remarkably candid takes on celibacy, gay marriage and atheism, or just the super-cool Pope-like stuff he's been doing, Francis is clearly deserving of the imaginary award we just made up called The 2013 Internet Medal of Honor. Take a bow, Francis – you earned this.

(h/t CNN)

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