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There are many reasons to admire Pope Francis. He is a person of faith, a bridge-builder with other religions (like John Paul II and Benedict XVI before him), has genuine compassion for those less fortunate, and a figurehead the Catholic Church can be immensely proud of. That’s why he deserved to be named Time’s Person of the Year for 2013.

Just don’t make him out to be something he isn’t, or something you wish him to be. Accept him for who he is, in the same way he would surely accept you.

Michael Taube is a contributor to The Washington Times.