Time magazine named Pope Francis its Person of the Year on Wednesday, crediting him with shifting the message of the Catholic Church while capturing the imagination of millions of people who had become disillusioned with the Vatican. Time gave that honor to Pope John Paul II in 1994 and to Pope John XXIII in 1963. The Argentine pontiff - who, as archbishop of Buenos Aires was known as the slum cardinal for his visits to the poor and penchant for subway travel - beat former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden and gay rights activist Edith Windsor for the award. "In a matter of months, Francis has elevated the healing mission of the church — the church as servant and comforter of hurting people in an often harsh world — above the doctrinal police work so important to his recent predecessors." Time said the final selection was made by its editors, who had considered suggestions from the magazine's more than 2 million Twitter followers.
Lindsey Vonn, fighting to regain full fitness in time to defend her Olympic downhill title, next plans to race in the December 21 World Cup downhill at Val d'Isere, France. Vonn returned to competition last weekend at Lake Louise, Canada, where she showed steady progress over three races in her first starts since reconstructive surgery on her right knee after a crash at the World Championships last February. Vonn's return to action was delayed by a week after she re-injured the knee in training in Colorado in November. At Lake Louise, Vonn was 40th in the first downhill, 11th in a second downhill and fifth in Sunday's super-G.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The pilot of the jet that crash-landed at San Francisco's airport last summer worried privately before takeoff about handling the Boeing 777, especially because runway construction meant he would have to land without any help from a common type of guidance system.