(Cleveland) - Time Magazine has named Pope Francis its' "2013 Person Of The Year". It's an honor Cleveland Catholic Diocese Bishop Richard Lennon says the pontiff is very deserving of.

Pope Francis is bestowed the publication's honor over gay rights advocate Edith Windsor, Syrian President Bashar Assad, NSA Leaker Edward Snowden and Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

Bishop Lennon says the Pope's message has already been embraced by Catholics all over the world, especially younger members of the faith.

Lennon says the Papacy has dramatically changed with Pope John Paul II coming from Poland followed by Pope Benedict from Germany and now Pope Francis who is from Argentina.

Bishop Lennon says Francis brings a perspective from Argentina where he worked among the poorest of the poor.

Francis is the third Pope to be named Time's Person of The Year. Pope John XXIII made the cover in 1962 while Pope John Paul II garnered the honor in 1994.

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