Pope Francis Named Person Of The Year (PHOTOS & POLL)

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Pope Francis Named Person Of The Year (PHOTOS & POLL)

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December 11, 2013 Updated Dec 11, 2013 at 10:59 AM EDT

NATIONAL (ABC News) – Pope Francis has been named TIME Magazine's Person of the Year.

According to ABC News, the Catholic Church's new leader has changed the perception of the 2,000-year-old institution in an very short time frame. Read more here.

Pope Francis beat out NSA leaker Edward Snowden for the title.

Below is the shortlist for Time Magazine’s Person of the Year award.

“It’s the person who’s had the most impact on events this year, for better or worse,” TIME Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs said on the TODAY show.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad agreed to dismantle his chemical weapons under the supervision of the OPCW in September 2013. The Syrian death toll reached 126,000 people since the beginning of the uprising against Assad's government in 2011, according to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced in August 2013 that he purchased the Washington Post for $250 million. He recently revealed an experimental drone-based delivery service to launch in the next 4 to 5 years.

Republican freshman Sen. Ted Cruz made waves with his fight against Obamacare, including leading the effort during the partial government shutdown last fall.

Miley Cyrus got everyone talking after her racy twerking performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.

Pope Francis was elected by the papal conclave in March 2013. He is the first Jesuit pope and the first pope from the Americas.

President Obama began his second term this year. This month, he received the lowest approval ratings since he was elected. Obama faced international scrutiny after allegations of spying, and was plagued with problems over the launch of the health care exchange website.

Iran's new president Hassan Rouhani reached a landmark nuclear agreement with the United States and world powers that will freeze Iranian nuclear program in exchange for rolled-back sanctions during a six-month timeframe.

Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, has been criticized for the botched rollout of the health care exchange website.

Edward Snowden, a former technical assistant for the CIA, leaked details of top-secret surveillance conducted by the United States' National Security Agency regarding telecom data.

Edith Windsor has found notoriety at age 83 with her challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The United States Supreme Court ruled on June 26 that Section 3 of DOMA was unconstitutional.

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