Because, "He really stood out to us as someone who has changed the tone and the perception and the focus of one of the world's largest institutions in an extraordinary way," Nancy Gibbs, the magazine's managing editor told The AP on Wednesday
Gibbs was also quoted as saying that 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. He has denounced the world's "idolatry of money" and the "global scandal" that nearly 1 billion people today go hungry, and has charmed the masses with his simple style and wry sense of humor. His appearances draw tens of thousands of people and his@Pontifex Twitter account with millions of followers.
Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi said, "The Holy Father is not looking to become famous or to receive honors," "But if the choice of Person of Year helps spread the message of the Gospel — a message of God's love for everyone — he will certainly be happy about that."