USA: Pope Francis is TIME magazine 'Person of the Year'

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The annual special issue of TIME magazine that highlights its “Person of the Year” has gone on sale in the United States after announcing earlier this week that Pope Francis had won out over Edward Snowden and Miley Cyrus, among others.

News stands in New York City’s Times Square began stocking the issue around midday Friday, two days after the announcement was made. Other finalists for the cover included Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

When one local was asked if she felt Miley Cyrus should have won the award, she responded by saying “Miley Cyrus ain’t nobody.. .she shakes her butt.” She also underlined the importance of a person who “does things for their community or their country.”

TIME first selected its “Man of the Year” in 1927, with the concept being changed to “Person of the Year” in 1999. Last year’s winner was Barack Obama, who also garnered the cover in 2008. TIME readers selected Egyptian General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi as their online winner in a poll on the magazine’s website last week.

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