Pope Francis was formally named Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” on Wednesday.
The magazine dubbed him “The People’s Pope,” and said his ability to turn those of flagging faith back to the Catholic Church fed into the decision.
“What makes this pope so important is the speed with which he has captured the imaginations of millions who had given up on hoping for the church,” Time said in its cover story, USA Today reported.
Pope Francis, 76, was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Buenos Aires. He first was named archbishop of Argentina in 1998 and then cardinal in 2001. He was named pope on March 13.
CNN said he’s made waves within the church community — and across the globe — for his humble work with the poor. He’s also sparked controversy with recent statements about the economy; Rush Limbaugh characterized his negative views of capitalism as deplorable.