Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2013 is Pope Francis.
It says the Catholic Church’s new leader has changed the perception of the 2,000-year-old institution in an extraordinary way in a short time.
NSA leaker Edward Snowden was second on the annual list.
Francis is the third pontiff in 51 years to hold the title following John XXIII in 1962 and John Paul II in 1994.
The former Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected in March as the first Pope from Latin America and the first Jesuit.
Time magazine’s finalists also included Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and gay rights activist Edith Windsor.
U.S. President Barack Obama was Time’s Person of the Year in 2012.