'This Week': Game Changers 2013

PHOTO: Game Changers 2013

"This Week" is wrapping up 2013 with a special look back at the people who broke through and made a difference this year. Click through to see the 2013 "This Week" Game Changers.

VIDEO: 'This Week' Game Changer: Sen. Ted Cruz
Senator Ted Cruz

It's hard to remember the last time a freshman senator stole the spotlight so quickly and with such force. Senator Ted Cruz stopped the government in its tracks for sixteen days -- to cheers from Tea Party activists and jeers from Democrats, and some establishment Republicans, too. Cruz is not slowing down and he may be setting his sights on higher office soon.

VIDEO: 'This Week' Game Changer: Edward Snowden
Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden, the hacker whose NSA intelligence leaks revealed the U.S. government's secret surveillance operation, has been called a patriot and a traitor. The information set off alarm bells across the intelligence community, angering Americans and America's allies alike. At least one federal judge has called these surveillance programs unconstitutional. Snowden's actions sparked a worldwide debate over the government's use of data mining in 2013, and will reverberate for years to come.

VIDEO: 'This Week' Game Changer: Pope Francis
Pope Francis

From the moment Pope Francis stepped on St. Peter's balcony as the first pope from Latin America, it became clear that this was the start of a dramatic change in the Catholic Church. Pope Francis is sending a spiritual jolt to the world's billion Catholics and his message of tolerance and caring for the poor has energized believers and non-believers alike.

VIDEO: 'This Week' Game Changer: Gay Rights Movement
Robbie Rogers, Jason Collins, and Edie Windsor

From the landmark Supreme Court victory of Edie Windsor to the brave coming out of professional athletes Jason Collins and Robbie Rogers, 2013 was a historic year for gay rights.

VIDEO: 'This Week' Game Changer: Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai is the Pakistani teenager who cheated death, surviving an attack by the Taliban. After a full recovery, she continued with her lifelong push for girls education, becoming an inspiring global star. This year, she became the youngest person ever to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Malala continues to inspire us with her dedication to peace, education, and activism.

READ: In Making Malala Documentary, New York Times Journalist Struggles With Whether He Helped Make Her a Taliban Target

VIDEO: 'This Week' Game Changer: The City of Boston

Still reeling from the deadly Marathon bombing, the city of Boston showed its resilience and fighting spirit as fans cheered their beloved Red Sox all the way to a World Series championship.

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