Morning top 5: Pope asks forgiveness; North Korea warns US; and rail disruption

The top stories this Saturday morning

Pope Francis has used his Easter message to ask God for forgiveness for scandals in the Catholic Church.

At the traditional candlelit Good Friday service at Rome's Colosseum, the Pope addressed some 20,000 people about the "shame" of humanity, with daily scenes of bombed cities and drowning migrants.

At the end of the two-hour service, he read a prayer he wrote around the theme of shame and hope.


North Korea has warned the US not to take provocative action in the region - saying it is 'ready to hit back with nuclear attacks'.

The comments come after soldiers, tanks and military hardware were paraded in the capital Pyongyang to mark the 105th anniversary of the birth of the country's first leader.

North Korea has warned America to end its "military hysteria" or face retaliation - as a US strike group, including an aircraft carrier, steams towards the region.

Pyongyang issued the warning as it displayed new submarine-based ballistic missiles in a massive military parade in the city.


There will be some major disruptions to services at Irish Rail this weekend, due to engineering works taking place.

DART services will not operate between Connolly Station in Dublin City and Malahide or Howth due to these maintenance works.

Bus transfers will operate on several routes.

Iarnród Éireann has apologised for any inconvenience caused.


The life of a young woman who died from meningitis will be honoured today in her native Tipperary.

20-year-old Gráinne O'Donnell, an Arts student at University College Cork, died suddenly two months ago from the illness.

She had contracted bacterial meningitis, which affects up to 200 people in Ireland every year.

Following her death, the Health Service Executive appealed to students to be aware of the symptoms of bacterial meningitis - which include headache, fever, vomiting, neck pain, a purple rash and dislike of bright lights.


Officials in Afghanistan say the number of Islamic State fighters killed by a US bomb has increased to 90.

It was the largest conventional bomb ever used by America's military in combat.

It targeted caves in the east of the country which, according to army chiefs, were being used as a 'sanctuary' for militants.

The Pentagon has released footage of the bomb posting a video of the strike on Twitter, under the tag MOAB or 'Mother of All Bombs'.