8:41am

Sun April 20, 2014
The Two-Way

Pope Francis Leads Easter Mass For Thousands

Pope Francis delivers his blessing from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica Sunday, after leading Easter Mass in the Vatican.
Franco Origlia Getty Images

A crowd estimated at more than 150,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square for an Easter Mass led by Pope Francis Sunday. The pope gave his traditional blessing on the most important day of the Christian calendar; he also called for help for people who are living in desperate conditions.

From Rome, NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports for our Newscast unit:

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8:07am

Sun April 20, 2014
Around the Nation

Organizers Predict Huge Crowd For Boston Marathon

Originally published on Sun April 20, 2014 10:01 am

Monday is the 2014 Boston Marathon. Security will be tight, and this year's race will be an emotional event that will be about more than who wins.

8:07am

Sun April 20, 2014
Africa

Conservationist Shot In Africa's Oldest Nature Preserve

Originally published on Sun April 20, 2014 10:01 am

An internationally recognized conservationist is recovering after he was attacked in the Democratic Republic of Congo. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Allard Blom of the World Wildlife Fund.

8:07am

Sun April 20, 2014
Around the Nation

Legal At Last, Colorado's Pot Contest Gets Competitively Mellow

Originally published on Sun April 20, 2014 10:01 am

Denver is playing host to the annual Cannabis Cup this weekend. Editor Ricardo Baca of The Denver Post's The Cannabist blog gives NPR's Rachel Martin the high scores.

8:07am

Sun April 20, 2014
Europe

Ukraine's Divide, Too Broad For Easter To Bridge?

Originally published on Sun April 20, 2014 10:01 am

Most Ukrainians are primarily Orthodox Christians, and Easter is the most important religious holiday of the year. Many in the country are hoping the holiday will calm current tensions.

8:07am

Sun April 20, 2014
Asia

Measures Of Change After Bangladesh Garment Factory Collapse

Originally published on Sun April 20, 2014 10:01 am

One year ago, 1,100 garment workers were killed when a Bangladesh factory collapsed. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Steven Greenhouse, labor reporter for The New York Times, about what has changed.

8:07am

Sun April 20, 2014
Asia

S. Korean Community Waits And Prays For Its Missing Students

Originally published on Sun April 20, 2014 10:01 am

It's been a week of tragedy for the community of Ansan, an industrial town near Seoul. Many of the high school teenagers who sank with the South Korean ferry last week attended high school there.

8:07am

Sun April 20, 2014
Asia

Hindu Nationalist Topping Polls In World's Largest Election

Originally published on Sun April 20, 2014 10:01 am

In India, hundreds of millions are casting their ballots in parliamentary elections over the next month. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Indian reporter Supriya Sharma.

8:07am

Sun April 20, 2014
Europe

Tiny Liechtenstein Loses A Precious Quarter-Acre

Originally published on Sun April 20, 2014 9:37 am

The tiny principality of Liechtenstein spreads across a grand total of 62 square miles. Now, it's getting smaller.

4:49am

Sun April 20, 2014
The Two-Way

Relatives Grieve As Divers Pull Bodies From S. Korean Ferry

Originally published on Sun April 20, 2014 7:31 am

Rescue workers carry the body of a passenger from the ferry that sank Wednesday off the coast of South Korea.
Lee Jin-man AP

The recovery operation at the site of a sunken ferry off the South Korean coast continues Sunday, as police boats brought bodies ashore to the deafening cries and screams of family members, said CNN.

The grim work is just beginning: About 250 people are still missing. The death toll now stands at 52, South Korean disaster officials told reporters Sunday. Twenty-three of the dead are students.

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