Pope Francis, presidents Michelle Bachelet of Chile, Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela and José Mujica of Uruguay, and Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón are the Latin Americans named by TIME magazine to its list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
The list, published last week, includes a note about each one of the 100 submitted by some distinguished person, with that of the first Latin American pope written by Barack Obama, who is himself among those picked by the publication.
Pope Francis reminds us in ways that words alone cannot that no matter our station in life, we are bound by moral obligations to one another, the U.S. president says.
The editor of Time, Nikhil Kumar, writes that a year after taking over the presidency of Venezuela and lacking Chavez's firm grip on power, Maduro is struggling as a litany of ills, from soaring inflation to food shortages, fans popular discontent.
As to Bachelet's right to a place among the 100 most influential, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN under-secretary-general and executive director of UN Women, describes the Chilean president as a passionate champion of women's rights.
For Meghan McCain, daughter of Sen. John McCain, what is most relevant about Uruguay's Mujica is that he is the revolutionary who legalized pot.
Filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón figures among the 100 most influential because, according to writer, director and producer J.J. Abrams, he is a master of the universe.