Pope Francis has been named Time Magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’ for 2013. He is the third Roman Pontiff to receive this honour after John XXIII in 1962 and John Paul II in 1994.
The Head of the Holy See’s Press Office, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, issued the following statement:
“The decision didn’t come as a surprise given the great resonance and attention surrounding the election of Pope Francis right from the start of the new pontificate. The fact that one of the most prestigious awards to be attributed by the international press should go to someone who promotes spiritual, religious and moral values as well as call for peace and greater justice in an incisive manner is a positive sign. As for the Pope himself, he’s not someone who seeks fame and success, because he has put his life at the service of announcing the Gospel of the love of God for mankind. It is pleasing to the Pope that this service should appeal and give hope to women and men. And if this choice of ‘Person of the Year’ should mean that many people have understood this message – at least implicitly – the Pope is really happy about this.”
God’s hands are hands that are wounded from love. I could never imagine those hands giving us a slap, Never. Never.
“Our God, like a Father with his child, teaches us to walk, teaches us to walk along the path of life and salvation. It’s God’s hands who caress us in our moments of pain and who comforts us. God’s hands are hands that are wounded from love. I could never imagine those hands giving us a slap, Never. Never. Even when he scolds us, he does it with a caress.” – Papa Francis
“It is a spiritual encounter that helps us to go forward in the journey of life,” – Papa Francis
“The poor, even the poor in health, are a richness for the Church,” – Papa Francis