Photo Digest: Week of April 27, 2014 in Pictures

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

Catholic church celebrates new saints.

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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.

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


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

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Florida, flooded.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A galaxy far, far away now seems closer!

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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.

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

A controversial plea for wage increases.

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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.

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