Time magazine has selected the pope as the Person of the Year from its annual list of the world’s biggest newsmakers. Here are the 10 finalists for 2013.
Person of the Year: Pope FrancisIn February, Pope Benedict XVI surprised the world with his decision to resign, making him the first pope to do so in more than 600 years. Then in March, another historic moment came to the Catholic Church when Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, who has since taken the name Pope Francis, was elected — breaking a long line of European popes. Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images
NASA tried one last time to contact its record-setting Mars rover Opportunity, but declared it dead on Feb. 13, 2019, 15 years after arriving at the Red Planet. The solar-powered rover has been silent for eight months, victim of one of the most intense dust storms in decades.