Time gave that honor to Pope John Paul II in 1994 and to Pope John XXIII in 1963. Pope Francis beat out former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden and gay rights activist Edith Windsor for the award. "In a matter of months, Francis has elevated the healing mission of the church — the church as servant and comforter of hurting people in an often harsh world — above the doctrinal police work so important to his recent predecessors." Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said Pope Francis was not seeking fame.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A man who provided sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela's memorial service, attended by scores of heads of state, was a "fake," the national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa said on Tuesday.