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Pope Francis named "Time" person of the year

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Pope Francis has gained national attention for his compassion and humility.

Now, he's being honored as "Time" person of the year.

Pope Francis is the third pope to be named "Time's man of the year".

Pope John Paul II was named in 1994, along with John XXIII in 1962.

Elevated to the leader of the Catholic church in March, Pope Francis has had an open approach when it comes to matters of faith and has spoken candidly about abortion and homosexuality.

FOX28 talked with a professor at Notre Dame about what she thinks of the pope's new title.

"Time Magazine put it really well when they said 'He hasn't changed the words, but he's changed the music.' What I think many Americans find so appealing is that nothing that Pope Francis has said or done suggests a reversal in church teaching on matters of abortion or anything related to sexuality. But he has changed the tone," says University of Notre Dame Director of Catholicism, Kathleen Cummings.

Time Magazine selects their person of the year by votes from their readers.

Pope Francis beat out Syrian President Bashar Assad, President Obama, and Miley Cyrus.

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