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The Most Powerful Photos of 2013

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Published on Dec 19, 2013

From the poignant to the inspiring, these photos will take your breath away.

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From Pope Francis' prayer with a severely disfigured man to the finish line of the Boston Marathon, the most powerful images of 2013 will help us remember those we lost, those we found again, the awesome force of nature, and that the best way to weather the uncertainty of years to come is with each other.



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Catholics take photos of newly-elected Pope Francis at Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.
Michael Sohn / AP Photo

Thania Sayne leans on the headstone of her husband, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2011.
Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP Photo

Air Force David Brenhuber sergeant surprises his wife & daughter during a Giants vs. Packers game.
Guillermo Hernandez Martinez / Sports Illustrated / Getty Images

Survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan take part in a religious procession on the Philippine island of Leyte.
Philippe Lopez / AFP / Getty Images

Reshma, who survived a building collapse in Bangladesh, is pulled from the rubble after 16 days.
AP Photo

Surfer Garrett McNamara attempts to break the World Record for largest wave ever surfed in Nazare, Portugal.
Tó Mané / Barcroft Media / Landov

Tammy Holmes & her grandchildren take refuge from wildfires under a jetty in Dunalley, Australia.
Tim Holmes / AP Photo

An Indian youth dangles from a power line over floodwaters of the Ganges River in Allahabad.
Sanjay Kanojia / AFP / Getty Images

Inmate firefighters prepare to battle the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park in California.
Jae C. Hong / AP Photo

A man rescues a woman from her car on a flooded road in the Athens suburb of Chalandri.
John Kolesidis / Reuters / Landov

A demonstrator is shot with rubber bullets by riot police at a protest against corruption in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Christophe Simon / AFP / Getty Images

A Bahraini anti-government protestor is engulfed in flames after riot police shoot the gasoline bomb in his hand.
Hasan Jamali / AP Photo

Capt. Michael Potoczniak marries his partner Todd Saunders in a ceremony in San Francisco, CA.
Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP Photo

Married couple Michael Knaapen & John Becker react to news of The Supreme Court striking down the Defense of Marriage Act.
Jim Lo Scalzo / EPA / Landov

Riot police guard gay rights activists after an attack during a gay rights rally in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Dmitry Lovetsky, File / AP Photo

President Obama looks out the "Door of No Return" - last stop for millions of slaves sent from Senegal to the New World.
Evan Vucci / AP Photo

A protester gives a rose to a Thai solider at the Defense Ministry during a rally in Bangkok.
Wason Wanichakorn / AP Photo

Police officers guard Bill Iffrig, 78, during the second explosion at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
John Tlumacki / Boston Globe / AP Photo

Runners observe a moment of silence for Boston Marathon victims at the start of the London Marathon in Greenwich.
Luke Macgregor / Reuters / Landov

A boy carries his dog through the floodwaters brought by monsoon rain in Manilla, Philippines.
Romeo Ranoco / Reuters / Landov

A couple surveys the damage to a family member's home after a tornado devastated the town of Moore, OK.
Adrees Latif / Reuters / Landov

Pope Francis blesses & prays with a severely disfigured man.
Claudio Peri / EPA / Landov

A worker dressed as Superman smiles at patient Joao Bertola, 2, at the Hospital Infantil Sabara in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Nacho Doce / Reuters / Landov

Miles, 5-year-old leukemia patient & Make-A-Wish kid, poses at AT&T Stadium in costume as "Batkid."
Ramin Talaie / Getty Images



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