Pope Francis at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter’s Square on March 22, 2017. Credit Lucia Ballester/CNA

Pope Francis ranked third in Fortune 500’s annual list of 50 of the “World’s Greatest Leaders.”

The magazine praised Francis as the “first Latin American pope (who) continues to inspire and surprise as he reconciles the conflicting demands of traditionalism and modernity within the Catholic faith.”


It also praised his continued “critique of capitalism without conscience” that has been an ongoing theme of his pontificate.

They also recalled the Pope’s words to business leaders at a meeting sponsored by Fortune and Time, when he urged them to do more to support the human dignity of those who are excluded by the global economy. 

“Give them a voice, listen to their stories, learn from their experiences, and understand their needs,” the pope told the group during the December meeting.  “See in them a brother and a sister, a son and a daughter, a mother and a father. Amid the challenges of our day, see the human face of those you earnestly seek to help.”

Pope Francis is no stranger to Fortune 500’s “World’s Greatest Leaders” list – he topped it in 2014.