Pope Francis Is \"Time\" Magazine's Person Of The Year

(Undated) -- Pope Francis is "Time" magazine's Person of the Year. The publication's Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs told NBC's "Today" show the Pope is reshaping the Catholic Church agenda.
NSA leaker and international fugitive Edward Snowden earned the runner up spot. The magazine credited the Pope for changing the tone and perception of the Catholic Church.
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"Time" Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs says Pope Francis has made a big impact during his short tenure.
NSA leaker and international fugitive Edward Snowden earned the runner up spot.

Not only is he "Time" magazine's Person of the Year, a new poll shows Pope Francis is increasingly popular among American Catholics. The ABC News-"Washington Post" survey indicates that nine months after his becoming Pope, 92-percent of Catholics have a favorable opinion of him. That's 16 percentage points higher than his predecessor, Pope Benedict the 16th, earlier this year. More than eight in ten Catholics say they approve of the direction in which Pope Francis is leading the church.
The results are seen as marking the church's continued recovery from the battering it took over its many sex abuse scandals. The poll was conducted by landline and cell phone December 4th through the 8th among a random national sample of just over a thousand adults.