Francesco Zizola was assigned to photograph Pope Francis for TIME’s Person of The Year issue. An assignment that led to a personal encounter with Pope Francis and left him with a revealing experience.
Francesco was in his own words “..surprised by the manner in which this Pope has humanized the ancient rituals, doing away with the rigid feeling of depersonalization carried on by some of the Pope’s predecessors”.
Check out Francesco’s images and read about his meeting with Pope Francis here.
Below you will find the tearsheets of TIME’s feature with images shot by Francesco: