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Pope Francis named Time's Person of the Year

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    I am not a religious person, but I do like this pope much better than the others, and I support Pope Francis being named Time's Person of the Year. Snowden was second in the voting.

    ABC News: Pope Francis Is Time's Person of the Year
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    I am not a Roman Catholic but I do admire this Pope's fresh approach to many of the Roman Catholic Church's problems along with his views on concerning on what being a Christian really means, especially towards his own Bishops
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Schmidt Wrote: I am not a religious person, but I do like this pope much better than the others, and I support Pope Francis being named Time's Person of the Year. Snowden was second in the voting.

    ABC News: Pope Francis Is Time's Person of the Year
    Snowden would have been a better choice. The Pope is not a "person" but only a fantasy island dreamer in fantasy island robes and hats. You may as well have choosen Lady GaGa.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Dutch Wrote:
    Schmidt Wrote: I am not a religious person, but I do like this pope much better than the others, and I support Pope Francis being named Time's Person of the Year. Snowden was second in the voting.

    ABC News: Pope Francis Is Time's Person of the Year
    Snowden would have been a better choice. The Pope is not a "person" but only a fantasy island dreamer in fantasy island robes and hats. You may as well have choosen Lady GaGa.
    I like to add; where is the "fantasy" of Time Magazine; Pope's are there every year and all do the same thing; so an easy way to avoid contravercy.
    If you select a "person of the year" select then a person who performs something special in that particular year and likely can not repeat such the following year. Like having choosen Mandela etc.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    I believe Snowden was our problem and he didn't anything other than confirm what a lot people suspected, the Pope on the other hand has begun to reshape and reform the embattled Roman Catholic Church, starting with the Vatican and the clergy of the Holy See.
  • Other Party
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    This award is just something to try to sell magazines, nothing more and nothing less. It is not necessarily a reward for doing something good. (Is Time still printing magazines?)

    The first winner was Charles Lindbergh, and that seems logical. Several US Presidents have won it. On the other hand Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin have won it, and Stalin was a repeat winner.

    So, maybe a person has to be really good, or really bad. Or maybe just in the news a lot.

    It's not like it's an award to be especially proud of.
  • Liberal
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    Durham, NH
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    I canceled my subscription to Time (after about 50 years of dubscribing) a few months ago. They were just getting more and more out of touch with reality and serving up week old news. I think the one story that really got me moving to cancel was the reticular one they had on Texas!
  • Independent
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    pr Wrote: I canceled my subscription to Time (after about 50 years of dubscribing) a few months ago. They were just getting more and more out of touch with reality and serving up week old news. I think the one story that really got me moving to cancel was the reticular one they had on Texas!
    Do not forget the media in this country is run by about two multi billionairs; one of them is even an Australian Rupert Murdock; both are Republican.
    I guess that says enough.
  • Center Left
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    Denton, TX
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    I like that the top 2 guys for the vote were the current pope and Snowden. Personally, I believe Snowden was the person of the year, hands down. He will be remembered for years and years to come. He brought to light and confirmed stuff about the NSA that many people before him were stating very loudly and were called conspiracy nuts because of it. And, he didn't just shake up our country's headlines and national conversations, he shook up the world. Like him or not, think what he did was right or wrong, he was the person of the year. That label, in my mind, doesn't always mean the absolute best person of the year, just the most impactful. But, I would again say he was that; from all that I know of Snowden, I respect and appreciate the man and his courage very much.

    Pope Francis on the other hand is getting the nomination for doing his job better than his predecessors. He is literally getting the title because he is not being a corrupt, small-minded, ancient thinking religious leader. He is being a decent man. A good man by most everyone's standards. He is displaying a personality that we can actually look up to or point out as a solid example of a selflessness, and dare I say even righteousness.

    But, that's what a pope ideally should do automatically. He should be a good guy. He should care about people less fortunate and humble himself. I commend Pope Francis for doing so. But, 10 years from now, I think Snowden makes a much larger impact on everybody's lives.
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    sb Snowden would have been OK but I would have voted for Putin.

    Putin saved the world.

    Almost by accident (misstatement by Kerry) war was averted, but Putin stepped in before President Obama and Kerry who wanted so desperately to bomb the hell out of Syria which could have, and maybe would have caused an all out war in the middle east, which could have then set off WWlll.

    $10 a gallon gas, anyone? Maybe $20? $50?

    Putin is the baddest man on the planet, and the most powerful man in the world. Not necessarily a good man, but Man of the Year!
  • Center Left
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    jamesn Wrote: sb Snowden would have been OK but I would have voted for Putin.

    Putin saved the world.

    Almost by accident (misstatement by Kerry) war was averted, but Putin stepped in before President Obama and Kerry who wanted so desperately to bomb the hell out of Syria which could have, and maybe would have caused an all out war in the middle east, which could have then set off WWlll.

    $10 a gallon gas, anyone? Maybe $20? $50?

    Putin is the baddest man on the planet, and the most powerful man in the world. Not necessarily a good man, but Man of the Year!
    You know, I didn't think of that. Good point. Snowden's still my vote, but I like that.
  • Independent
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    sbfriedman Wrote:
    jamesn Wrote: sb Snowden would have been OK but I would have voted for Putin.

    Putin saved the world.

    Almost by accident (misstatement by Kerry) war was averted, but Putin stepped in before President Obama and Kerry who wanted so desperately to bomb the hell out of Syria which could have, and maybe would have caused an all out war in the middle east, which could have then set off WWlll.

    $10 a gallon gas, anyone? Maybe $20? $50?

    Putin is the baddest man on the planet, and the most powerful man in the world. Not necessarily a good man, but Man of the Year!
    You know, I didn't think of that. Good point. Snowden's still my vote, but I like that.
    I fully agree; the Pope is not a special person at all; the catholic church is still the same, year after year, the same nonsense is preached year after year, so a bad choice. I also vote for Snowden or Putin. At least they stand out.