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Pope Francis Is Time's Person of the Year

Pope Francis Is Time's Person of the Year

Originally posted 12/11/2013 07:50AM

Pope Francis is Time's Person of the Year for 2013, it was announced Wednesday morning.

"He took the name of a humble saint and then called for a church of healing," says the newsweekly, which, like PEOPLE, is published by Time Inc. "The septuagenarian superstar is poised to transform a place that measures change by the century."

What "makes this Pope so important," explained Time, "is the speed with which he has captured the imaginations of millions who had given up on hoping for the church at all. People weary of the endless parsing of sexual ethics, the buck-passing infighting over lines of authority when all the while (to borrow from Milton), 'the hungry Sheep look up, and are not fed.' In a matter of months, Francis has elevated the healing mission of the church ... above the doctrinal police work so important to his recent predecessors."

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President Obama Is Time's Person of the Year – Again | Barack Obama

President Obama Is Time's Person of the Year – Again

Originally posted 12/19/2012 08:35AM

President Barack Obama was named Time's Person of the Year Wednesday morning, making him a rare repeat winner. He was similarly honored in 2008, after he won election as the nation's first African-American President.

The magazine says Obama, 51, was chosen "[for] finding and forging a new majority, for turning weakness into opportunity and for seeking, amid great adversity, to create a more perfect union."

In addition, the newsmagazine (which, like PEOPLE is published by Time Inc.), states: "He will take the oath on Jan. 20 as the first Democrat in more than 75 years to get a majority of the popular vote twice. Only five other Presidents have done that in all of U.S. history."

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Filed Under: Today, Time, Barack Obama
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Who Made Time's List of 100 Most Influential People? | Adele, Barack Obama, Tim Tebow

Adele, Tim Tebow, Barack Obama Make Time's 100 Most Influential People

Originally posted 04/18/2012 02:45PM

World leaders, singers, TV personalities – who influences you?

According to Time magazine, which on Wednesday released its annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, U.S. President Barack Obama, Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu, North Korea's Kim Jong are in the mix, along with Kristin Wiig, Chelsea Handler, Adele, Rihanna, Matt Lauer, Stephen Colbert, Claire Danes and Mitt Romney.

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Animal BFFs: They're the Real Deal

Animal BFFs: They're the Real Deal

Originally posted 02/10/2012 03:30PM

For all our desire to find shared attributes with the animal world, it would seem most of the links we make are projections. See a video of two sea otters holding hands, and call it true love.

According to recent research, as profiled in this week's TIME magazine cover story, one thing humans really do share with animals is the ability to form enduring friendships.

"Animal friendship is about enduring bonds defined by sharing, sacrificing, and when circumstances warrant it, grieving," writes Carl Zimmer. "Not all animal friendships exhibit all those behaviors, but they exhibit enough of them – with enough consistency – that something deep is clearly going on."

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Filed Under: Animals & Pets, Time

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