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Being the earthly leader of the Catholic Church has its perks. Among them: You’re a 50/50 bet to be Time magazine’s Person of the Year at some point.

Pope Francis, the secret-alms-giving, random-faithful-calling, non-homosexuality-judging new pontiff from Argentina, is the magazine’s choice for 2013, edging out runners-up Edward Snowden and Edith Windsor.

He becomes the third pope in 51 years to hold the title. Reformer John XXIII was 1962′s POY (then still the Man of the Year, actually) and John Paul II got the nod in 1994. Not recognized during that span were Popes Paul XI VI and his successor, John Paul I, and Francis’s predecessor, Benedict XVI.


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