‘Time 100’ ranking includes a few religious mentions

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U.S. Olympic team fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee media summit in Beverly Hills,  Calif., March 9, 2016. Photo courtesy REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

U.S. Olympic team fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee media summit in Beverly Hills, Calif., March 9, 2016. Photo courtesy REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

(RNS) Time magazine came out with its annual “Time 100” list of the most influential people and, no surprise, Pope Francis made the cut.

“He’s electrified the world because he embodies the basic tenets of Catholic social doctrine that also cut across all great faiths,” wrote Vice President Joe Biden, a fellow Catholic, in his brief appreciation.

But what other religion-related leaders are on this year’s list?

Here’s a sampling:

Ibtihaj Muhammad: Fencer extraordinaire

Muhammad will wear her hijab as she represents the U.S. in the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. “The sport let her express her athletic talent, and the uniform allowed her to stay true to her faith,” writes U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., the first Muslim elected to Congress.

Pulitzer-prize winning author Marilynne Robinson spoke at Union Seminary in March 2014. Photo by Kristen Scharold

Pulitzer-prize winning author Marilynne Robinson spoke at Union Seminary in March 2014. Photo by Kristen Scharold

Marilynne Robinson: Inquisitive novelist

Robinson’s novels — including “Lila” and “Home” — range from the mysterious to the certain, writes fellow novelist Colm Toibin. “In her essays, in which she displays a questioning spirit, she is concerned with belief and tradition,” he says.

Mussie Zerai: Refugee rescuer

Zerai, an Eritrean Catholic priest who gained asylum in Rome, has earned the nickname “Father Moses” after setting up an emergency call center in 2003 to help address the volume of refugees fleeing persecution and war.

Eritrean priest Mussie Zerai gestures during an interview in front of Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican on September 30, 2015. Zerai, who has helped some of the thousands of African migrants who have risked their lives to cross the Mediterranean sea, is among the nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-ERITREA-PRIEST, originally transmitted on Oct. 13, 2015.

Eritrean priest Mussie Zerai gestures during an interview in front of Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican on September 30, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-ERITREA-PRIEST, originally transmitted on Oct. 13, 2015.

“For over a decade, this Catholic priest has been a lifeline for thousands of Europe-bound boat migrants in distress,” writes artist and activist Ai Weiwei.

Aung San Suu Kyi: Ex-con parliamentarian

Suu Kyi, a former political prisoner in Myanmar, has been hailed for her courage and criticized for not speaking up for the Rohingya Muslim minority group.

Myanmar's NLD party leader Aung San Suu Kyi smiles with army members during the handover ceremony of outgoing President Thein Sein and new President Htin Kyaw at the presidential palace in Naypyitaw on March 30, 2016. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Ye Aung Thu/Pool

Myanmar’s NLD party leader Aung San Suu Kyi smiles with army members during the handover ceremony of outgoing President Thein Sein and new President Htin Kyaw at the presidential palace in Naypyitaw on March 30, 2016. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Ye Aung Thu/Pool

President Obama writes of visiting her home where he saw she “sustained herself by studying Buddhist teachings on love and compassion.”

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