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The top faces of 2013 at the Vatican

2013-12-20

Within the list of the top faces at the Vatican in 2013, the only thing that is certain is that Benedict XVI and Pope Francis easily take the top spot.

Benedict XVI earns his place for his historic decision...

"Well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome”.

Pope Francis also shares the top spot for his refreshing and down-to-earth approach to spreading the Church's 2,000-year-old message.

The rest of the list becomes quite arbitrary and their selection is largely symbolic.

The second person on the list is Cesare. Pope Francis spotted him as he greeted pilgrims at St. Peter's Square on board his Popemobile. He surprised everyone by getting off and hugging him. Since then, the sick and disabled have taken on a leading role during his trips and public appearances.

The third spot goes to the visit to Lampedusa, where the Pope first decried the indifference to the suffering of thousands of migrants in search of a better future. This concern has become a priority for the Vatican.

The fourth spot goes to Francesco, an Italian man that lost his job four years ago, and asked the Pope for help.

My name is Franceso. I'm an operator of the Sardinia Green Island and since February 2009, more than four years ago, I haven't had a job. 

His speech took place at another Italian island, Sardinia. The Pope was so moved, he improvised a rousing speech.

I must tell you to be brave. But I know that I must do my part so that this beautiful word, brave, does not come and go. So that it is not just a Church employee who comes and tells you to be brave. I do not want this.

Carlos, a Colombian boy, is in fifth place. The Pope didn't seem to mind having the boy onstage with him, even sitting him in his chair. It was a touching moment that made headlines around the world.

Other key players this year were the three million youths that flooded Rio's Copacabana Beach for World Youth Day. It was the largest gathering ever at the world's most famous beach. More people came to see the Pope than the Rolling Stones for their New Year's concert.

Even in huge crowds, Pope Francis wants to greet every person. No doubt, a huge challenge for Domenico Giani, Inspector General for the Vatican Gendaermirie, the Pope's chief security officer, and also one of the main faces this year.

This blue car takes the eight spot on this year's list. Pope Francis left behind the armored cars and opted for one a middle class Italian family would use, a simple Ford Focus. Romans are used to seeing him in the streets, stopping at each red light.

The night place goes to Casa Santa Marta. Pope Francis cast aside the Apostolic Palace and made his home at the Vatican's hotel.

June 7, 2013 
A professor also made me this question: 'Why don't you live up there?' I answered: 'Listen to me professor: for psychiatric reasons.' Also for my personality. That apartment is not very luxurious, quiet. But I cannot live alone, do you understand? 

This chimney takes up the last spot on the list. It was the center of attention for millions of eyes across the world during the conclave. And it was only used three times. It was the first to announce the election of a new Pope. The beginning of a new chapter in the history of the Catholic Church.


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