Sylvia Poggioli

Sylvia Poggioli appears in the following:

The 1,000-Year-Old Schism That Pope Francis Seeks To Heal

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.


Pope To Travel To Holy Land With Rabbi And Muslim Leader

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.


U.N. Panel Could Find Vatican Guilty Of Torture

Sunday, May 11, 2014

This week the Vatican faced a U.N. panel investigating priest sex abuse. The panel called for an end to what it called a Vatican "climate of impunity."


UN Committee Grills Vatican Officials On Sex Abuse

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

The Vatican has faced two days of grilling before the U.N. Committee on Torture investigating the Catholic Church's handling of cases of sexual abuse by priests.


Two Very Different Popes Will Be Canonized

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Pope John Paul II was a favorite of traditionalists in the Catholic Church. John XXIII was beloved by liberals. By canonizing them together, Pope Francis hopes to keep all Catholics in the same tent.


2,000 Buses Of Visitors: Rome Braces For Canonization Crowds

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Millions of pilgrims are expected Sunday for the joint canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. Rome is cleaning up and preparing everything from first aid stands to portable toilets.


In First Visit To The Vatican, Obama Finds Himself Moved

Thursday, March 27, 2014

President Obama and Pope Francis met for the first time at the Vatican. The meeting is intended to mark a fresh start for the administration's sometimes-strained relationship with Catholic leadership.


Obama And Pope Meet For First Time At The Vatican

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The elections of President Obama and Pope Francis made history — Obama as the first African-American U.S. president and the Argentine-born Jorge Bergoglio as the first non-European pope in centuries.


The Sometimes Tricky Relations Between Popes And Presidents

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

For decades, U.S. presidents have sought an audience with the pope, and President Obama will have one Thursday. But this wasn't always the case, and often there have been political differences.


One Year Later, 'A Pope For All' Keeps Catholics Guessing

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Following two doctrinally conservative leaders, Pope Francis' pastoral approach in his first year has given the Catholic Church a new glow. But it's still unclear where he intends to take the church.


A Magnet For African Migrants, Italy Seeks A New Approach

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Italy detains tens of thousands of illegal immigrants from North Africa and locks them up in harsh conditions. Now it is pushing to revamp the system at home with an eye toward a Europe-wide plan.


On Italian Newsstands, Pope Francis Gets His Own Fanzine

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Imagine: a papal People magazine. It's not far-fetched. A new magazine, My Pope, is covering the weekly activities of Pope Francis — and it's put out by a publisher known for celebrity gossip rags.


A Theme Park For Foodies? Italians Say Bologna

Sunday, March 09, 2014

The Eataly food emporium plans to open a $55 million theme park in Italy, devoted to the nation's culinary pleasures. Some have dubbed it the "Disneyland of food," but Italians aren't impressed.


Pope Welcomes New Cardinals, Many From Developing World

Saturday, February 22, 2014

The choices reflect the pope's belief that the church leadership should resemble the changing makeup of its members. New cardinals come from the Philippines, Burkina Faso, the Ivory Coast and Haiti.


The Vatican Reaches Out, A Cricket Match At A Time

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

The Vatican is vowing to defeat the Church of England — not in the pews but on the cricket pitch. The Vatican has launched a cricket club, which draws from seminarians and priests of different nationalities who live and study in Rome. It's hoped the club will forge ties with teams of other faiths.


In A Church Built On Tradition, The Pope Likes Spontaneity

Friday, November 01, 2013

Seven months into his papacy, Pope Francis is shaking up the Catholic world, with outspoken interviews and cold calls to ordinary people. But some Catholic conservatives are deeply uncomfortable and worried that the Vatican has lost control of the papal message.


Pope Leads Prayer Vigil For Peace In Syria

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino has openly opposed a U.S. punitive strike against Syria and has joined other government ministers and leading personalities adhering to Pope Francis's call for a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria. On Saturday, the pope lead a long mass and peace vigil in St. Peter's Square.


Tortellini, The Dumpling Inspired By Venus' Navel

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Legend has it that an innkeeper caught a glimpse of the goddess of love in her bedroom and then rushed to his kitchen to create an egg pasta inspired by Venus' belly button. Today the art of making tortellini is endangered, but several groups are devising creative ways to preserve the tradition.


Ai Weiwei Exhibit Shines Light On Time As Political Prisoner

Monday, August 19, 2013

Ai Weiwei, the world-renowned Chinese artist and dissident, has created a deeply autobiographical work for the Venice Biennale exhibit. It is a series of dioramas about his life as a political prisoner, when he was jailed for criticizing the corruption and shoddy construction that caused the deaths of 5,000 children when schools collapsed in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.


Italy's First Black Minister Finds Herself A Target Of Slurs

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Congo-born Cecile Kyenge's appointment in April as integration minister was hailed as a landmark for diversity. Instead, the mood of racial progress in Italy has suffered. The debate highlights growing intolerance and what the prime minister has called a shameful chapter for the country.