The people’s Pope Francis is one of the nominees for Nobel Prize this year, according to Reuter’s reports. Other nominees include Edward Snowden, a Russian newspaper critical of President Vladimir Putin, and a Catholic priest helping African migrants. The final list of nominees will be announced in October.
Pope Francis, earlier known as Jorge Mario Bergoglio, was born in Beunos Aires, Argentina on 17 December 1936. He ascended the throne of the Supreme Pontiff on 13 March 2013. Soon Pope Francis emerged one of the most popular Popes in history with his option for the poor and highly sociable nature. The Pope is one of the most followed personalities on Twitter and most loved religious leader on social media.
Other prominent Catholics who have won Nobel Prize earlier are Fr. Georges Pire (1958), Blessed Mother Theresa (1979), Lech Walesa (1983) and Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo (1996).