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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, depart The Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England. (credit: Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

The Top 13 ‘Talkers’ Of 2013

Of all the stories that made headlines this year, these kept you talking for days. It was difficult to limit this list to 13, but we did our best. We hope you enjoy taking a look back of some of the events that we were glued to over the past 12 months.

12/31/2013

A runner dons a 'Boston Strong' shirt while waving an American flag. (credit: Monica Miller)

The Top 13 News Stories Of 2013

We have a new pope, a new mayor-elect and more time to enjoy those large, sugary drinks. Here are our picks for the 13 biggest news stories from 2013, in order of when they occurred.

12/31/2013

Pope Francis delivers his Christmas Day message from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2013 in Vatican City. (credit: Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

Pope Francis Celebrates First Christmas As Pontiff

Francis spoke from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica to some 70,000 cheering tourists, pilgrims and Romans in the square below. He said he was joining all those hoping “for a better world.”

12/25/2013

Pope Francis named Time magazine's Person of the Year. (credit: Time)

Pope Francis Is Time’s Person of the Year

In only his first year, the pope was selected by the magazine’s editors as the person who had the greatest impact on the world, for good or bad, during 2013.

12/11/2013

Pope Francis  (credit: Luca Zennaro/AFP/Getty Images)

Prosecutor Warns Of Possible Mafia Threat Against Pope Francis

Pope Francis could be at risk from an organized crime organization, according to a leading anti-mob prosecutor who said he has also been the target of threats from the Mafia, according to a report on Religion News Service.

11/13/2013

Pope Francis caresses a child during his pastoral visit at St Francis of Assisi on Oct. 4, 2013. (FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

Thanks To Pope Francis, Explosion Of Interest In Catholicism Hits Long Island

Some are calling it the “Francis effect” — a boom in Sunday mass attendance and even in Catholic school enrollment. All the credit is going to the charismatic new pope.

11/12/2013

Pope Francis Visits Assisi

Students Hope Pope Will Visit St. Francis College In Brooklyn

Some Brooklyn college students have begun a campaign in hopes of a visit to the borough from Pope Francis.

11/09/2013

Pope Francis Visits Assisi

Pope Francis Orders Survey Of Roman Catholics’ Views On Church Teachings

In his latest move, Pope Francis has ordered bishops to do some survey work to find out what the faithful really think about the church’s teachings on marriage and family.

11/06/2013

Jesus' name is mispelled on a Vatican commemorative medal. (credit: CBSNews/Catholic News Service)

Pope Medals Recalled After Jesus’ Name Misspelled

The Vatican is recalling more than 6,000 papal medals after the name Jesus was misspelled as “Lesus.”

10/10/2013

Pope John Paul II blesses Ugandans at a mass in Namugongo, east of Kampala, on February 07, 1993, on the third day of his five-day visit to Africa. Later in the day the pope is scheduled to visit Nsambya hospital and meet with AIDS victims. (MICHEL GANGNE/AFP/Getty Images)

Catholic World Abuzz After Word Leaks Of Dual Canonizations

History was being made at the Vatican on Monday. The news out of Rome on Monday said that two popes will be elevated to sainthood on the same day – Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII will be canonized at the same time.

09/30/2013

Bishop Bernard Hebda, Archbishop John Myers of the Newark Archdiocese, Sept. 24, 2013. (credit: Steve Sandberg/1010 WINS)

Pope Francis Names Newark Archbishop Myers’ Future Replacement

Pope Francis appointed Bishop Bernard A. Hebda of Michigan to serve alongside current Archbishop John Myers.

09/24/2013

Archbishop of New York cardinal Timothy Dolan arrives at the Paul VI hall for the opening of the Cardinals' Congregations on March 4, 2013 in Vatican City. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

Dolan Welcomes Pope Francis’ Remarks On Homosexuality, Abortion

Cardinal Timonty Dolan calls Pope Francis a breath of fresh air.

09/22/2013

Cardinal Timothy Dolan (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

Cardinal Dolan: Pope Francis ‘Wants To Shake Us Up’

The comments contained no change in church teaching, and the pope said reform should not happen quickly. Still, it was the pope’s clearest declaration yet of a break in tone and style from his immediate predecessors.

09/20/2013

Pope Francis  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Pope Francis Faults Church For ‘Divisive Rules’ On Gays, Abortion, Contraception

“A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality. I replied with another question: ‘Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?’”

09/19/2013

Rev. Frank Caggiano (credit: Diocese of Bridgeport)

Rev. Frank Caggiano Installed As Diocese Of Bridgeport’s Bishop

Caggiano, 54, was selected to lead the Bridgeport Diocese by Pope Francis himself.

09/19/2013

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