Sylvia Poggioli appears in the following:
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Despite detractors within the church, Pope Francis' emphasis on humility and mercy has won him strong support worldwide. He has addressed thorny issues such as Vatican finances and clerical sex abuse.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
The Vatican issued a report praising the work of U.S. nuns — a relief to those worried that a probe started in 2008 would be critical of a perceived liberal streak among American nuns.
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Pope Francis will meet with Turkey's Muslim leaders and the head of the Orthodox Church in what may be the most challenging trip of his young papacy.
Monday, October 20, 2014
Roman Catholic bishops openly addressed hot-button topics that included questions about gays and Catholics who are divorced or remarried. Rarely has a synod attracted such attention.
Monday, October 13, 2014
Italy lags behind other EU states in guaranteeing equal rights for homosexuals. Gay couples have no legal recognition or adoption rights, and a bill that would make homophobia a crime has stalled.
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Pope Francis hasn't ruled out changing church doctrine that bars divorced and remarried Catholics from receiving Holy Communion. There are fierce opponents, while others favor simplifying annulment.
Sunday, October 05, 2014
Bishops are meeting with Pope Francis these next two weeks for an extraordinary conference to debate family matters – including hot-button issues like artificial contraception and gay civil unions.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
For the first time, the Vatican has put one of its own under house arrest for alleged sex abuse of minors. Josef Wesolowski is the Vatican's former ambassador to the Dominican Republic and was defrocked in June.
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Today 27 countries are marking the European Day of Jewish Culture. The Tuscan town of Pitigliano is one of the sites involved: it's home to few Jews today, but once housed a thriving Jewish community.
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Italian authorities are trying to track and intercept boats bringing migrants on perilous journeys across the Mediterranean. So far, its EU neighbors have failed to help deal with the emergency.
Thursday, August 07, 2014
The move raises concerns about the health of the European economy overall. This is the third time the third-largest economy in the European Union has been in recession since 2008.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
More than two years since it ran aground off an Italian island and killed 32 people, the Costa Concordia cruise ship is finally up and away. Cocooned in stabilizing containers that act as floats, the crippled ship is headed to Genoa, where it will be broken up for scrap.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
A most unusual regatta recently celebrated vintage yachts, some more than 100 years old, and a time when sailing the oceans depended on well-trained crews with little more than compass and sextant.
Monday, July 14, 2014
The Costa Concordia cruise crashed into a reef and capsized over two years ago. On Monday, the most complicated part of the operation to refloat the ship was completed successfully.
Monday, July 14, 2014
The cruise liner struck a reef in January 2012 and capsized, killing 32 people. The ship's captain is being tried on charges of manslaughter, causing the shipwreck and abandoning ship.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Off the coast of Tuscany, prisoners serving the end of their sentences are learning to make wine from a 30th-generation winemaker. It's a unique approach to rehabilitation that seems to be working.
Monday, July 07, 2014
In his first meeting with victims of clerical sex abuse, Pope Francis asked forgiveness on behalf of the church.
Friday, June 06, 2014
The TV talent show ended with a surprise breakout star, 25-year-old Sister Cristina Scuccia. She became a favorite after her first-round performance of Alicia Keys' "No One" went viral.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
The Catholic and Orthodox churches split in 1054. In the Holy Land this week, the pope and Orthodox leaders will meet to try to start restoring unity. But not everyone is eager for reconciliation.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Pope Francis will head to the Middle East this week to preach peace and has asked two friends from Argentina to accompany him, Rabbi Abraham Skorka and Islamic studies professor Omar Abboud.