Pope voted person of the year


White smoke rises and people all around the world sit in anticipation. Music fills the atmosphere and tensions build. Who is going to walk out? How is this going to affect the world? Did they make the right choice?
On March 13, 2013 Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Buenos Aires, Argentina became the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church, taking the saint name Pope Francis. Francis became the first Pope in over 1200 years to be non-European. Following his predecessor Pope Benedict XIV, who resigned from illnesses on Feb. 28, 2013, Pope Francis, was different from the start.
Famous for his focus on the poor and humility he became Time Magazine’s person of the year for 2013. Intergrading himself into the 21st century Francis has posted on social media and even posed with visitors in the Vatican for selfies. One of his most famous differences his view on homosexuality, which is that if a person is of good will and in search of God he his no one to judge.
Pope Francis has shifted the views of the Catholic Church from structure and doctrine to embracing the poor and aiding those who are spiritually broken. With this immense transformation Francis has attracted millions to the Catholic Church and many people who had lost their faith in the church are now returning.
Pope Francis unlike previous Popes is not afraid to confront the apprehensive issues involved with the Church such as sex abuse and homosexuality. Francis knows that in order to stay strong the church must attract young adults and the new generation. Considering all he has done in less than a year the growth and strength of the Catholic Church looks promising.