“Pope Francis was elected in the group of the ten "key men of the year 2013" by 50 representatives of the media, journalistic and diplomatic associations, among the most important of mainland China,” Fides news agency reports.
“According to information gathered by Fides
Agency, the choice, an open vote, took place during the fifteenth "China
International Press Forum", which took place on December 15 in Hainan.
The news was made public on December 24 and reported by all the Chinese
“Pope Francis occupies the third place among the
10 most important men in the world in 2013, which include the President
of Iran Rohani, Russian President Putin, the former Egyptian President
Morsi, the former South African President Nelson Mandela. No Pope or
religious personality had ever appeared in the annual ranking by the
"China International Press Forum"” before him.