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The magazine’s managing editor, Nancy Gibbs, tells Matt Lauer that Pope Francis was selected for changing the tone of the Vatican.

Pope Francis named Time’s 2013 Person of the Year

Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pontiff who won hearts and headlines with his humility and common touch, was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2013, the magazine revealed Wednesday on TODAY.

The iconic title goes every year to the individual chosen by Time editors as someone who has had the most impact on the world and the news — for better or worse — over the past year.

Pope Francis stood out “as someone who has changed the tone and perception and focus of one of the world largest institutions in an extraordinary way,” Time managing editor Nancy Gibbs said Wednesday.

Pope Francis was chosen by the magazine for his impact on the world and news in 2013. (Courtesy of TODAY/Time)

Pope Francis was chosen by the magazine for his impact on the world and news in 2013. (Courtesy of TODAY/Time)

Read more at TODAY.com.

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