Time magazine has named Pope Francis its Person of the Year.
Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina is known as a humble man, a capable administrator and — as expected of a new Pope — a man of great faith.
He is also a man of many firsts: the first non-European Pope in the modern era; the first pontiff from South America; and the first Jesuit to be elected head of the Roman Catholic Church.
In his first public act, the new Pope broke with tradition by asking the estimated 150,000 people packed into St. Peter’s Square to pray for him, rather than bless the crowd first.
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When a poor family in Cambodia fell afoul of loan sharks,
But not just any job.
The girl, Kieu, was taken to a hospital and examined by a doctor,
who issued her a “certificate of virginity.”
She was then delivered to a hotel, where a man raped her for two days.
Kieu was 12 years old.
“I did not know what the job was,” says Kieu, now 14 and living in a safehouse. She says she returned home from the experience “very heartbroken.” But her ordeal was not over.
After the sale of her virginity, her mother had Kieu taken to a brothel where, she says, “they held me like I was in prison.”
She was kept there for three days, raped by three to six men a day. When she returned home, her mother sent her away for stints in two other brothels, including one 400 kilometers away on the Thai border. When she learned her mother was planned to sell her again, this time for a six-month stretch, she realized she needed to flee her home.
“Selling my daughter was heartbreaking, but what can I say?” says Kieu’s mother, Neoung, in an interview with a CNN crew that travelled to Phnom Penh to hear her story.
ENGLISH STANDARD VERSION
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.