Pope Francis Is Internet’s Top Name Of 2013, According To Global Language Monitor Survey

Pope Francis is making the world sit up and take notice with his bold statements and radical shift in tone, and people can’t stop talking about him. In fact, he’s the most talked-about person of 2013, according to a recent survey by Global Language Monitor.

So who did he beat out for the top spot? GLM’s list of top names includes organizations and programs in their top fifteen for 2013, but here are the most mentioned individuals from their list:

1. Pope Francis
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2. Edward Snowden
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3. Kate Middleton
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4. Ted Cruz
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5. Chris Christie
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6. Malala Yousufzai
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7. Xi Jinping
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8. President Obama
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9. Hassan Rouhani
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Pope Francis also appeared in the “Top Word” category, as his @Pontifex Twitter handle was the fourth most talked about word for 2013.

GLM explained its methodology on the website, saying:

GLM’s Word of the Year rankings are based upon actual word usage throughout the English-speaking world, which now numbers more than 1.83 billion people. To qualify for these lists, the words, names, and phrases must be found globally, have a minimum of 25,000 citations. and the requisite ‘depth’ and ‘breadth’ of usage. Depth is here defined as appearing in various forms of media; breadth that they must appear world-over, not limited to a particular profession or social group or geography.

h/t to CNN Belief Blog

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  • There Is No Catholic God

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  • Small-Minded Rules

    “The church sometimes has locked itself up in small things, in small-minded rules. The most important thing is the first proclamation: Jesus Christ has saved you. ”

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  • Abortion, Gay Marriage, And Contraception

    “We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible. I have not spoken much about these things, and I was reprimanded for that. But when we speak about these issues, we have to talk about them in a context. The teaching of the church, for that matter, is clear and I am a son of the church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.”

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  • Humble Cars

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  • The Court Is The Leprosy Of The Papacy

    “You know what I think about this? Heads of the Church have often been narcissists, flattered and thrilled by their courtiers. The court is the leprosy of the papacy.”

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  • Consider The Person

    “A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality. I replied with another question: ‘Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?’ We must always consider the person. ”

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  • A Poor Church

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  • Proselytism Is Solemn Nonsense

    “Proselytism is solemn nonsense, it makes no sense. We need to get to know each other, listen to each other and improve our knowledge of the world around us.”

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