Pope Francis is the Time's Person of the Year 2013
and is also the Advocate's Person of the Year 2013
The pontiff's most significant pontificating came July 29 when he gave a press conference on a flight back from Brazil. When asked about gay priests, Pope Francis told reporters, according to a translation from Italian , "If someone is gay and seeks the Lord with good will, who am I to judge?"
He has rebranded the church as welcoming, compassionate, a church for the poor as opposed to a church that nags people and is worried about rules and regulations.
The analogy I love to use is when you go home for Christmas, what you want is a hug from your mom. You don't want to be asked about your nose ring, or why you dyed your hair, or who are you sleeping with now? He is trying to turn the church into a loving parent, not a nagging parent.