You can read the Time article HERE and why Time chose him HERE.
Reaction to the news:
Vatican Radio reaction -
Pope Francis has been named Time Magazine's ‘Person of the Year’ for 2013. He is the third Roman Pontiff to receive this honour after John XXIII in 1962 and John Paul II in 1994. The Head of the Holy See’s Press Office, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, issued the following statement:
“The decision didn’t come as a surprise given the great resonance and attention surrounding the election of Pope Francis right from the start of the new pontificate. The fact that one of the most prestigious awards to be attributed by the international press should go to someone who promotes spiritual, religious and moral values as well as call for peace and greater justice in an incisive manner is a positive sign. As for the Pope himself, he’s not someone who seeks fame and success, because he has put his life at the service of announcing the Gospel of the love of God for mankind. It is pleasing to the Pope that this service should appeal and give hope to women and men. And if this choice of ‘Person of the Year’ should mean that many people have understood this message - at least implicitly - the Pope is really happy about this."John L Allen - Thoughts on Francis as 'Person of the Year'
Whispers in the Loggia
John Thavis - Why Pope Francis is Time's "Person of the Year"
Pope Francis is Person of the Year and It Doesn’t Mean a Thing
NBC News - What a year for Pope Francis: From unknown to Time's Person of the Year
Catholic News Service - Timely recognition