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The Two-Way
8:41 am
Sun April 20, 2014

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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Africa
8:07 am
Sun April 20, 2014

Conservationist Shot In Africa's Oldest Nature Preserve

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.

Around the Nation
8:07 am
Sun April 20, 2014

Organizers Predict Huge Crowd For Boston Marathon

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

Europe
8:07 am
Sun April 20, 2014

Tiny Lichtenstein Loses A Precious Quarter Acre

The principality of Lichtenstein, in eastern Switzerland, is a grand total of 62 square miles. Now, it's getting smaller.

Asia
8:07 am
Sun April 20, 2014

Hindu Nationalist Tops Polls In World's Largest Election

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.

Asia
8:07 am
Sun April 20, 2014

A S. Korean Community Waits, Prays For Its Missing Students

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 attended high school there.

Asia
8:07 am
Sun April 20, 2014

Bangladesh Factory Tragedy Sparks Changes, But Not Enough

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.

Europe
8:07 am
Sun April 20, 2014

Ukraine's Divide May Be Too Broad For Easter To Bridge

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

Around the Nation
8:07 am
Sun April 20, 2014

Colorado Holds First Cannibis Cup For First Legal Pot

Denver is playing host to the annual Cannabis Cup this weekend. The Denver Post's "The Cannabist" editor Ricardo Baca tells NPR's Rachel Martin what scored highest.

The Two-Way
4:47 am
Sun April 20, 2014

Relatives Grieve As Divers Pull Bodies From S. Korean Ferry

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

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

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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