Sylvia Poggioli appears in the following:
Saturday, March 14, 2015
As the second anniversary of his papacy nears, Pope Francis has made significant progress in bringing transparency to the Vatican's finances and Cardinal George Pell is carrying out sweeping reforms.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
The pedestrian and cyclist path would make use of a one-mile stretch of abandoned, elevated concrete track. "You are still in the city," Renzo Piano says, "but you are flying above the city."
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
In the 1960s and '70s, Piano was involved in the battle to revive decaying historic centers of cities. Now the Pritzker Prize-winning architect is fighting to save their often desolate outskirts.
Monday, March 09, 2015
In a development reminiscent of a Dan Brown thriller, the Vatican confirmed a report that it has received a ransom demand for the return of two stolen letters written by the renaissance master Michelangelo. It's the first time the theft has been revealed. A spokesman said the Vatican refused to pay.
Sunday, March 08, 2015
To mark International Women's Day, the Vatican is opening its doors to a group of women pushing for a greater role in the Catholic Church. The organizers hope to raise issues of church inequality.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Actor Daniel Craig reportedly hit his head when the Aston Martin he was driving during filming the 24th James Bond thriller encountered a loose sanpietrino, as the cobblestones in Rome are known.
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.