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TIME’s choice of President-elect Donald Trump was hailed as “the right call, journalistically” by the Wall Street Journal, but readers had mixed feelings. Bob Simmons of Granby, Conn., wrote that editor Nancy Gibbs “took the words right out of my mouth” in explaining why Trump was 2016’s most influential person, for good or ill. But a “deeply disappointed” Karen Herzenberg of Albuquerque, N.M., was one of many who wished TIME had made a different choice. Even if the title isn’t an honor, she said, it “legitimizes” the person picked. Others, like Anthony J. Tsakalos of Sandwich, Mass., questioned the cover line that declared him “President of the Divided States of America” and whether the U.S. is any more divided now than in the past. Trump himself responded to the idea on NBC’s Today show: “They’re divided now … We’re going to put it back together.”


A meeting of minds

At the Fortune+TIME Global Forum 2016, held this December in Rome, Time Inc. gathered an unprecedented group of Fortune 500 executives, philanthropists and policy experts. Their mission: brainstorm ways to address the world’s biggest challenges. Inspired by Pope Francis’ plea to lift up the poor, delegates presented the Pontiff–seen with TIME editor Nancy Gibbs and Time Inc. chief content officer Alan Murray–with ideas about how the private sector can help end poverty, reduce environmental damage and improve access to education and health.

‘Amid the challenges of our day, see the human face of those you earnestly seek to help.’

Pope Francis, addressing delegates at the forum in Vatican City on Dec. 3. His words, in the original Italian: “Tra le sfide di oggi, guardate il volto umano di coloro che sinceramente cercate di aiutare.”

To read his full address and find out more about the Global Forum, visit

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This appears in the December 26, 2016 issue of TIME.

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