Photo Digest: Week of April 27, 2014 in Pictures

New saints, new Star Wars, and more from this week in case you missed it.

View as Slideshow

Catholic church celebrates new saints.

Hulton Archive/Getty Images

On April 27, Pope Francis officially canonized former popes John XXIII and John Paul II, recognizing them as saints within the Catholic faith.

A gathering to reflect on history.

Allison Shelley/Getty Images

April 28 marked Holocaust Remembrance Day. Survivors and others gathered at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. to honor victims.


Oli Scarff/Getty Images

London transit workers went on strike on April 28, leading to huge crowds and delays.

Content continues below ad

Florida, flooded.

Marianna Massey/Getty Images

The Florida Panhandle reportedly faced up to 26 feet of flooding between April 29 and 30 following torrential rainfall and harsh wind conditions that buffeted various regions across the nation.

More than enough to wake you up.

Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Farmers at the Moriuchi Tea Farm handpick the first tea of the year—high quality green—in Shizuoka, Japan. The nation produces about 100,000 tons of green tea per year.

A crackdown on e-cigarettes.

Andrew Burton/Getty Images

As of April 29, e-cigarettes, often touted as a safer alternative to traditional smokes, are nonetheless banned wherever traditional cigarettes are in New York City. That includes public parks and bars.

Content continues below ad

A galaxy far, far away now seems closer!

Disney, All Rights Reserved

An official announcement was made April 29 about the upcoming seventh Star Wars film: Original cast members including Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher will join newcomers in the 2015 film. This picture, released with the announcement, shows the old cast united with new and director J. J. Abrams during a script read.

When it rains, it pours.

Andrew Burton/Getty Images

New York City experienced its 10th rainiest day on record on April 30th.

A controversial plea for wage increases.

Alex Wong/Getty Images

On April 30, President Barack Obama spoke at the White House in support of an increase of the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. Senate Republicans blocked the proposal via filibuster.

Content continues below ad

Become more interesting every week!

Get our Read Up newsletter

how we use your e-mail
We will use your email address to send you this newsletter. For more information please read our privacy policy.

Funny Jokes
Some people like to travel by train because 
it combines the slowness of a car with the cramped public exposure of 
an airplane. Dennis Miller
Funny Jokes
I think my pilot was a little inexperienced. We were sitting on the runway, and he said, “OK, folks, we’re gonna be taking off in a just few—whoa! Here we go.” Kevin Nealon
Funny Jokes
“I can’t wait until your vacation is over.” 
—Everyone following you on Instagram @kristencarney
Funny Jokes
A man knocked on my door and asked for a donation toward the local swimming pool. So I gave him a glass of water. Comedian Greg Davies
Funny Jokes
Just found the worst page in the entire dictionary. What I saw was disgraceful, disgusting, dishonest, and disingenuous. @sixthformpoet
Funny Jokes
Client: We need you to log in to the YouTube and make all our company videos viral. From
Funny Jokes
My cat just walked up to the paper shredder and said, “Teach me 
everything you know.” @NicCageMatch
Funny Jokes
“Just because you can’t dance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dance.” 
—Alcohol @yoyoha (Josh Hara)
Funny Jokes
My parents didn't want to move to Florida, but they turned 60 and that's the law. —Jerry Seinfeld
Funny Jokes
Q: What do you call an Amish guy with his hand in a horse's mouth? A: A mechanic.