In a nearly empty St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis celebrated Easter in virtual solitude on Sunday, calling for the world to come together in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. The world is “oppressed by a pandemic severely testing our whole human family,” Francis said. In the midst of that suffering, Francis said, the message that Christ has risen is “the contagion of hope.”
A former army officer convicted of killing Bangladesh’s independence leader in 1975 has been executed. Abdul Majed was hanged in the capital Dhaka after his appeal for presidential clemency was rejected this week. He was arrested on Tuesday after spending 25 years on the run for the assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Rahman – the father of the current prime minister, was killed during a military coup in 1975.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange fathered two children with a lawyer who was representing him while he was holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London fighting extradition. The Mail on Sunday said 37-year-old South African lawyer Stella Morris has been engaged to Assange since 2017. Morris said she had chosen to speak out now because she was worried about his susceptibility to the coronavirus in jail.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson left the London hospital where he was being treated for COVID-19 and returned home Sunday, Downing Street confirmed. A spokesperson said Johnson would continue his recovery at Chequers, the prime minister’s country residence in the county of Buckinghamshire, north of London. Johnson, 55, was admitted to St. Thomas’ Hospital on April 5 after having experienced “persistent” symptoms of COVID-19.
A tornado strike destroyed homes and left a trail of devastation across large parts of the US south on Sunday, as forecasters warned that a powerful Easter storm could affect more than a dozen states and millions of people before the early hours of Monday. By Sunday evening, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency had confirmed at least six fatalities in the state from the severe weather.