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Time magazine named Pope Francis its Person of the Year on Wednesday, crediting him with shifting the message of the Catholic Church while capturing the "imaginations of millions" who had become disillusioned with the Vatican. This is the third time the magazine has chosen a pope as its Person of the Year. In 1994, Time gave that honor to Pope John Paul II, and in 1963, to Pope John XXIII. Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said that Pope Francis was not seeking fame.
Burglars broke into the Cape Town home of South African peace icon Desmond Tutu when he was away speaking at Nelson Mandela's memorial, an aide said Wednesday. "I can confirm that there was a burglary last night," said Tutu aide Roger Friedman. Tutu had used the memorial to call on South Africans to follow Mandela's example. The timing of the incident is embarrassing for South Africa -- the latest in a series of unflattering episodes to occur when the eyes of the world are on the country.