Time magazine’s person of the year is no surprise. Pope Francis has been chosen.
I feel this is an excellent choice. One can make a solid argument for the various runners-up that Time mentions, like Bashar Assad and Edward Snowden (coward that he is), but while they, and many others, have had a great impact on the world this year, I suspect that Pope Francis’ impact will be both bigger and longer-lasting.
Now as I’ve said before, I don’t think this pope is perfect, and don’t expect any the changes I want to happen over night. I don’t think he’s going to reform things as much as I’d like, but he might very well set the stage for future reforms, and that’s almost as good.
So, yes, kind of the obvious choice on the part of Time, but an excellent one for all that.