It’s second time lucky for God’s representative on Earth – Pope Benedict was up for the award in 2007, but failed to make the grade in the face of strong competition, and didn’t even make the 2008 shortlist. No such problems in 2009 – charging out of the blocks in March by stating that AIDS “is a tragedy that cannot be overcome by money alone, and that cannot be overcome through the distribution of condoms, which even aggravates the problems”. More than 2,000 people voted for His Holiness, ensuring some brand-new silverware will adorn the Sistine Chapel mantelpiece this year. And on that note, we’d like to take this opportunity to extend a formal invitation to the Pontiff to come and collect his award from our offices when he visits Britain later this year.
Read the top ten list here from the New Humanist.