Pope Francis was named Person of the Year by ‘TIME’ after putting himself at the head of controversies facing the Catholic Church today such as inequality, economics and outdated traditions. The first non-European Pope in 1,200 years was one of the most searched and talked about figures on social media this year and rightfully so. With countless challenges facing the Catholic Church, he stands as a beckon of hope and change for an institution that prides itself in tradition. The title Man of the Year was first introduced in 1927 with Charles Lindbergh and did not go not to be changed to person of the year until 1999. In that time, ‘TIME’ has named a Woman of the Year, Machine of the Year and even, Planet of the Year. Take a look at some of ‘TIME’ magazines most noteworthy covers in its 86 year history:
Charles Lindbergh, 1927
Charles Lindbergh was named Man of the Year in 1927 after becoming the first person to fly a plane non-stop over the Atlantic from New York to Paris.