Sylvia Poggioli appears in the following:
Friday, June 24, 2016
Pope Francis is in Armenia, a country with ancient roots to Christianity and the Pope seeks to encourage as it's buffeted by its huge neighbors, Turkey and Russia.
Friday, June 24, 2016
Last year, Pope Francis called the Ottoman Empire's slaughter of Armenians "the first genocide of the 20th century," sparking a diplomatic spat with Turkey. He begins a 3-day visit to Armenia Friday.
Monday, June 20, 2016
Rome elected it's first-ever woman mayor and its youngest. 37-year old Virginia Raggi of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement promises to reform a corrupt and antiquated city government.
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Part of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is seaborne. The Navy's USS Truman has been in the Persian Gulf but now is in the Mediterranean, on its way home to Virginia.
Saturday, June 04, 2016
Pope Francis broke a Catholic Church taboo last month when he said he would create a commission to study whether women can serve as deacons — as they did in early Christianity.
Thursday, June 02, 2016
With the arrest this spring of six Moroccans suspected of planning terror attacks on Italy, the southern European nation believes it has become a target. It is pushing for greater continental cooperation and sharing of intelligence to combat extremists.
Monday, May 30, 2016
In the last week, Italy has rescued more than 10,000 people at sea. The spike appears tied to Africans making the trip from the continent's northern coast, taking advantage of improved weather. But there also are reports smugglers are moving westward from Turkey with the closure of borders in Europe.
Monday, May 30, 2016
With warmer weather comes an influx of refugees and migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe, and a shift in the route they're taking. Over the weekend, hundreds of people drowned.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
The hope is that Chinese tourists will feel safer after recent terrorist attacks. In the long run, greater cooperation could help break up illegal activities by Chinese and Italian organized crime.
Monday, April 25, 2016
Migrants are again heading to Italy on a dangerous sea-crossing from Libya. The surge comes as Austria prepares to shut its border leaving Italy in crisis over what to do with the new arrivals.
Saturday, April 16, 2016
Pope Francis visited the Greek Island of Lesbos in order to draw attention to the plight of migrants there. The migrants are caught up in a controversial deal between the European Union and Turkey.
Friday, April 15, 2016
Pope Francis says he going to the Greek island of Lesbos to show solidarity and sympathy with migrants and those who have been welcoming them. He's also expected to sharply criticize the European Union for what he calls the "globalization of indifference" towards refugees and migrants.
Thursday, April 14, 2016
The pontiff isn't content to remain in the Vatican or sit on the sidelines. His trip this weekend to the Greek island of Lesbos is just one part of his emerging world view.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
The southern Italian village of Riace had an aging, dwindling population. That was before it was reborn as a global village following the arrival of thousands of migrants from more than 20 countries.
Tuesday, April 05, 2016
In Italy, volunteers are helping young migrants cope with their new reality through one-on-one language lessons.
Monday, February 15, 2016
A Catholic-Protestant initiative is bringing refugees from Lebanon and Morocco to Italy on humanitarian visas to spare them deadly sea crossings. Most are old, sick or women with young children.
Friday, February 12, 2016
A funeral is being held Friday in Italy for Giulio Regeni, a doctoral student allegedly tortured and killed in Egypt. Thousands have demanded an independent probe into Regeni's death.
Friday, February 05, 2016
Pope Francis will meet in Cuba next week with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church in an effort to heal the 1,000-year-old schism that divided Christianity between East and West.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Legislation to legalize same-sex civil unions is fueling passions across Italy. Activist say they expect hundreds of thousands of anti-gay adoption supporters to protest against the bill on Saturday.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Italy's Senate takes up a measure this week that would permit civil unions, but the bill would not legalize same-sex marriage. All of Western Europe already permits one or both.