In a bout for most impactful person of the year –– for better or worse –– Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pontiff, knocked out a slew of other “heavyweights.”
The 10 finalists included Bashar Assad, President of Syria; Jeff Bezos, Amazon Founder; Ted Cruz, Texas Senator; Miley Cyrus, Singer; Barack Obama, President of the United States; Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran; Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services; Edward Snowden, N.S.A. Leaker; and Edith Windsor, Gay rights activist.
On Wednesday morning (Dec. 11), the TODAY show helped break the news in the video up top. Check out why TIME chose “The People’s Pope” in the link after the break. Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.