December 31st, 2013
04:36 AM ET

See CNN's Top 10 Stories of 2013 as Chosen by You

We asked and you voted.

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.

A New Pope

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.

pope francis

Boston Marathon Attacks

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.

Boston marathon attacks

Nelson Mandela's Death

Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s former president and an international icon of freedom, dies at age 95.

Mandela

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  1. Mike

    I think the best story of 2013 was The BAT KID for a day

    January 1, 2014 at 8:01 pm | Reply
  2. Jay David

    As the long-time member of a large Spanish family by marriage who has spent more than three years in Spain and who has earned more than 40 graduate credits in Spanish, I can tell you that the "radical" new pope has had absolutely no effect in Spain, whose clergy are second only to the Taliban in their homophobia, misogyny and hate speech. A picture may be worth a 1000 words, but actions speak louder than words...and in term of actions, the new pope has been totally silent.

    December 31, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Reply
  3. Jay David

    The only story of importance was the passing of Mandela.

    This story is important for two reasons:
    1) Mandela will be the last heroic figure of an ideological social movement. Ideological social movements defined History.
    2) Mandela's passing marks a fitting end of History and the beginning of Posthistory (Fukuyama, Francis. 1989. "The End of History?" The National Review (1989): 1-27).

    During Posthistory, we will continue to write about "important" events and mark dates as we did during History. But during Posthistory, no event or individual really has any more importance than any other event or individual. History was the Age of Ideas; Posthistory is the Age of Information.

    John Donne in the 16th century wrote, "No man is an island..." But during Posthistory, "Every man is an island..."

    December 31, 2013 at 8:22 am | Reply

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