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Here are some of the top ten stories of the year, as ranked by our CNN viewers.
These are stories that impacted the world, moved us all to tears, and filled us with hope.
In a shocking move, Pope Benedict XVI becomes the first pope to resign in almost 600 years. A month later, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio is elected his successor, taking the papal name Pope Francis.
Two bombs explode near the Boston Marathon finish line, killing three and injuring more than 180. A dramatic hunt ensues, ending four days later with the capture of suspected bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s former president and an international icon of freedom, dies at age 95.