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E. Iowans On Pope As Person Of The Year

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -- Out of a long list of contenders, Time magazine announced Wednesday that Pope Francis will grace newsstands as its 2013 Person of the Year.

Some Catholics in the Corridor say calling Francis Person of the Year is a calling to all of us -- especially during Christmas -- to pick up what the Pope is putting down: compassion, love, and humility.

Father Rudy Juarez at St. Patrick's Church said it's a call for justice.

"He has really embraced the world with open arms, and I think he's setting the tone for those of us on the local level to do the same," Juarez said.

for him, that means doing more to reach out to the poor, disenfranchised, and people for are different -- and to take them in.

"It takes an intentional desire on the part of all of us to be more intentional in loving people accepting people and welcoming people," he said.

Mount Mercy Sister Shari Sutherland said she thinks the pope has captured our imaginations, "saying things I think Christ would say to the people today."

She hopes that with Time bringing Francis to the forefront in this way, people listen to his message -- and put it into practice.

"That we have right relationships with each other. We don't have violence, we have nonviolence, and we have healthy relationships that give life to one another," Sutherland said.

Perhaps it's telling that, on Tuesday, the pope himself Tweeted, "Mary, Our Mother, sustain in moments of darkness, difficulty and apparent defeat."

And while some will debate whether or not this is an apparent victory -- Time acknowledged that there will be skeptics on both sides of the aisle --
Sutherland and Juarez said, it's at least a little light.

Time said Francis deserves the honor "for pulling the papacy out of the palace and into the streets, for committing the world's largest church to confront its deepest needs and for balancing judgement with mercy."
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