Sylvia Poggioli appears in the following:
Friday, February 20, 2015
Across Italy, newspaper headlines decry two days of "guerrilla warfare" in the heart of Rome and television news shows scenes of devastation.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Italy has recently rescued more than 2,000 migrants off Libya's coast. The holding center on Lampedusa can't handle the surge. Authorities worry Islamist militants might arrive amid the migrants.
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Twenty Catholic prelates become princes of the church on Saturday. Many of them come from poor countries, reflecting the pope's focus on ministering to the impoverished.
Friday, February 13, 2015
At the Vatican this week, the pope's G9 — a committee of nine cardinals — is working on how to overhaul Vatican governance.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Twenty-nine African immigrants have died of exposure after being rescued off the Libyan coast by Italian coast guard patrol boats. More migrants fleeing conflict zones are seeking refuge in Europe.
Monday, February 09, 2015
A commission advising Pope Francis on how to tackle clerical sex abuse of minors has completed its first full meeting at the Vatican. The commission has been criticized for its slow start.
Thursday, February 05, 2015
Pope Francis has declared slain Archbishop Oscar Romero a martyr. Previous popes declined to do so, possibly because of Romero's role in liberation theology.
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.