Saturday, December 28, 2013

New transformational Roman Catholic pontiff voted winner in survey of Top 10 Religion News Stories of the Year
December, 2013

COLUMBIA, MO: The selection of a reform-minded Argentinian as the new leader of the world's largest religious institution was voted the Top Religion Story of the Year by the nation's religion journalists.

Members of Religion Newswriters Association chose as the No. 1 Religion Story of the Year the election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who took the name Pope Francis. Pope Francis' predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, was in the No. 2 spot because of his historic resignation.

Pope Francis also was named Religion Newsmaker of the Year, beating out Pope Benedict XVI and Billy Graham, who turned 95 this year.

The online ballot was conducted Friday, Dec. 12 through Sunday, Dec. 15. Only RNA members were eligible to vote.

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