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Pope Francis Is Time Magazine's 2013 Person Of The Year

Edward Snowden, Edith Windsor, Bashar Assad and Ted Cruz all made the shortlist.

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"The heart is a strong muscle; he's proposing a rigorous exercise plan. And in a very short time, a vast, global, ecumenical audience has shown a hunger to follow him. For pulling the papacy out of the palace and into the streets, for committing the world's largest faith to confronting its deepest needs and for balancing judgment with mercy, Pope Francis is Time's 2013 Person of the Year."

Cate Sevilla is the UK managing editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.

Contact Cate Sevilla at cate.sevilla@buzzfeed.com .

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