In an age of unbelief, I suppose that the broad scope in the announcement of TIME magazine's "Person of the Year" nominees is not surprising. Each year the magazine's editors chooses a person who has, for better or worse, had the most impact on the world and the news in the past year. The nominees were announced this morning. The top nine include our Holy Father, Pope Francis, who since his election this Spring has captivated the world and inspired the Church that he leads. Others included are: Presidents Hassan Rouhani of Iran and Bashar al-Assad of Syria who is alleged to have been behind a chemical attack on his people during their civil strife; Senator Ted Cruz of Texas; Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos; HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius; Edie Windsor who spearheaded the overturn of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) by the Supreme Court; Edward Snowden who leaked top secret info on the U.S. government and fled to Russia; and of course, Miley Cyrus. To see the side by side pictures of Miley Cyrus/Pope Francis/President Bashar al-Assad was a little bazaar. What company to find yourself with.
With this article from today.com they ask the question "Who should be TIME's 2013 Person of the Year?" As of a short time ago, there were nearly 9,000 votes cast. I was pleasantly surprised that Pope Francis was ahead with 63% of the vote, followed by Edward Snowden the alleged spy with 11% and then Miley Cyrus with 7%. But this is early on a Monday morning - Miley's fans are not on line as yet. Guess who I voted for?