Congratulations to Pope Francis!

Earlier today, Time magazine named Pope Francis the 2013 Person of the Year, becoming the third pope to be awarded, following Pope John XXIII in 1962 and Pope John Paul II in 1994.

From a CNS article quoting Vatican spokesman Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi: "'It's a positive sign that one of the most prestigious recognitions in the international press’ goes to a person who ‘proclaims to the world spiritual, religious and moral values and speaks effectively in favor of peace and greater justice.'"

Please join us in congratulating Pope Francis!

Jennifer Rey is the web editor of Our Sunday Visitor Publishing.