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Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

On the Next Episode of The Lead

The latest news on the crisis in Ukraine, plus a look at the technology aiding in search for Flight 370.

The latest news on the crisis in Ukraine, plus a look at the technology aiding in search for Flight 370.

world lead

December 24th, 2013
06:29 PM ET

First Christmas Mass for Pope Francis

His acts of compassion and his common touch have captivated the world over for the past nine months.

Today, as Pope Francis is telling the faithful that Christmas is the season for giving, new CNN polls showed Americans are wild about the new pope. Among American Catholics, his approval is almost 90%, higher than any time of Pope John Paul II's last decade in power.

CNN's Erin McLaughlin explained why Pope Francis is so popular, even among atheists, to Dana Bash.

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December 24th, 2013
06:08 PM ET

South Sudan 'spiraling into disaster'

In South Sudan, there are reports of mass graves and attacks on civilians as violence spreads throughout the country.

U.S. Marines continue to stand by in the region to help evacuate Americans caught in the middle of the chaos.

CNN's Elise Labott reports on the latest fears tensions between South Sudan's president and supporters of the former vice president could turn into a civil war.

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pop lead

December 24th, 2013
05:35 PM ET

Christmas at the movies

Which films should be on your must-see list this holiday season?

New York Magazine's and CBS Sunday Morning's David Edelstein gives his picks.

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buried lead

December 24th, 2013
05:30 PM ET

A Voice of Prayer and Reason

In today's contentious Capitol Hill environment, Senate Chaplain Barry Black often finds himself playing the role of a fed-up mom caught in the middle of a food fight between senators.

Before the upper chamber left Washington, DC for the holidays, CNN's Dana Bash went to his office, tucked away inside the Capitol, and got some insight about his approach to ministering to politicians.

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December 24th, 2013
05:26 PM ET

Astronauts complete dangerous spacewalk

While you were doing your last-minute Christmas shopping, way up high - more than 200 miles above the planet - two astronauts were taking part in a risky spacewalk.

The astronauts were on a mission to fix a cooling pump malfunction on the International Space Station, a critical problem that, if left unattended, could have resulted in an evacuation.

CNN's Alina Machado updated Dana Bash on the situation.

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