The U.S. government shut down. Even non-Catholics found faith in a new Pope, and drew inspiration from a young teen, while another young woman sparked cultural controversy. We’ve rounded up our votes for the top news stories of 2013 that defined our world this year. We expect 2014 to continue wrestling with the NSA bombshells, the implications of America’s new healthcare rules, and continued Middle East unrest. Click through to Ozy.com for the full links to these amazing stories. Do you agree with our year-end picks? Tell us what we missed @Ozy.com.