Dec 11, 2013 2:07 PM by Rachel Cole - firstname.lastname@example.org
CORPUS CHRISTI - Pope Francis has been selected as Time Magazine's 'Person of the Year." It's a choice made by the magazine's staff and recognizes the individual who has most influenced the world, for better or worse. One local woman, Linda Zamorano, who works at The Love Note, says it's for the better.
"I was elated when I heard it on TV and I said praise God he's moving fast," Linda said.
She says that Pope Francis is accomplishing so much, effortlessly and it's no accident that he was selected among the finalists chosen.
"No matter what, he's going to come out on top, he's going to work at it and he's going to do it, Jesus Christ will be with him and it's just exciting just talking to you about it," Linda added
She says it's a thrill for the entire Catholic community. She believes the Pope earned this honor, even after controversial issues like same sex relationships and capitalism surfaced during his last nine months in office.
"There will always be a lot of controversy going on the good and the bad but as you can see God has hi hand on this situation and with this Pope," she said.
"Time's" magazine officials said, "Francis stood out as someone who has changed the tone of the church in "an extraordinary way."
Linda credits that to the Pope's openness with the public and the kind heart he wears on his sleeve.
"He's always hugging and kissing and lovingly hugging those people who are in dyer need, the sickly ones that's who he wants to do more for," Linda said.
A vatican spokesman said, "The Pope is not looking to become famous or receive honors but quote "If the choice of person of year helps spread the message of the gospel - a message of God's love for everyone - he will certainly be happy about that."
Pope Francis beat out several other candidates on the short list for person of the year. That list includes President Obama who held the title in 2012. Plus, self described NSA leaker, Edward Snowden, an american fugitive and former National Security Administration contractor who ranked second in Time's list.