Sylvia Poggioli http://wunc.org en Over 2 Years Since Its Wreck, The Costa Concordia Floats Again http://wunc.org/post/over-2-years-its-wreck-costa-concordia-floats-again The Costa Concordia cruise crashed into a reef and capsized in waters off the island of Giglio in Italy over two years ago. On Monday, the most complicated part of the operation to refloat the ship was completed successfully. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Over+2+Years+Since+Its+Wreck%2C+The+Costa+Concordia+Floats+Again&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA0NjY4NzQ2MDEyOTc4NzIzMThmMjJkMg001)"/></div><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 38977 at http://wunc.org This Fine Wine Made At An Italian Penal Colony Is No 2-Buck Chuck http://wunc.org/post/fine-wine-made-italian-penal-colony-no-2-buck-chuck Eighteen miles off Tuscany's coast, Gorgona is Italy's last island prison. Its steep cliffs rise up from azure Mediterranean waters. Here, a select group of convicts serves the end of long sentences by farming. And now, a legendary winemaker is training them to make high-end wine.<p>Mentioned by Dante in <a href="http://www.gutenberg.org/files/8800/8800-h/8800-h.htm">The Divine Comedy</a>, Gorgona was for thousands of years a refuge for hermits and monks. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:49:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 38785 at http://wunc.org This Fine Wine Made At An Italian Penal Colony Is No 2-Buck Chuck Pope Meets Sex Abuse Victims, Bearing A Plea For Forgiveness http://wunc.org/post/pope-meets-sex-abuse-victims-bearing-plea-forgiveness Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>At the Vatican today Pope Francis had his first meeting with victims of clergy. He vowed to hold bishops accountable for the protection of children. The meeting came nearly 16 months after Francis was elected. Victim support groups said it was long overdue. For more on this NPR's Sylvia Poggioli joins us from Rome. Hello Sylvia.<p>SYLVIA POGGIOLI, BYLINE: Hello, Robert.<p>SIEGEL: And I understand the Pope held a Mass with these victims, including a dramatic homily. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:19:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 38555 at http://wunc.org The 1,000-Year-Old Schism That Pope Francis Seeks To Heal http://wunc.org/post/1000-year-old-schism-pope-francis-seeks-heal Pope Francis travels this weekend to the Middle East, the cradle of the three monotheistic religions, and will meet with Catholic, Jewish and Muslim leaders.<p>But the official purpose of the visit is to commemorate the 50th anniversary of a historic rapprochement between Catholics and Orthodox and to try to restore Christian unity after nearly 1,000 years of estrangement.<p>Meeting in Jerusalem in 1964, Pope Paul VI and Orthodox Patriarch Athenagoras set a milestone: They started the process of healing the schism between Eastern and Western Christianity of the year 1054.<p>Moves toward closer Wed, 21 May 2014 15:52:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 35907 at http://wunc.org The 1,000-Year-Old Schism That Pope Francis Seeks To Heal Pope To Travel To Holy Land With Rabbi And Muslim Leader http://wunc.org/post/pope-travel-holy-land-rabbi-and-muslim-leader The first non-European pope in modern history will makes a pilgrimage to the Holy Land this week, a region with centuries of religious strife.<p>Francis — the first pope to take the name of the saint of peace — will carry far less historical baggage than any of his predecessors.<p>When John Paul II visited Israel in 2000, he prayed at the Western Wall and apologized for the church's sins against Jews. Tue, 20 May 2014 07:33:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 35801 at http://wunc.org Pope To Travel To Holy Land With Rabbi And Muslim Leader U.N. Panel Could Find Vatican Guilty Of Torture http://wunc.org/post/un-panel-could-find-vatican-guilty-torture Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. The Vatican got a grilling this past week for its handling of the clerical sex abuse scandal. The setting - a United Nations hearing in Geneva. Meanwhile in Rome, a new advisory board to Pope Francis held its first meeting on the sex abuse crisis.<p>In a moment we'll hear from a member of that board whose personal story of abuse may be hard for some listeners to hear. But first, NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports on that U.N. Sun, 11 May 2014 11:34:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 35300 at http://wunc.org UN Committee Grills Vatican Officials On Sex Abuse http://wunc.org/post/un-committee-grills-vatican-officials-sex-abuse Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>For the second time this year, Vatican officials were subjected to scathing questions by a U.N. panel. The questions focus on the church's handling of cases of sexual abuse by priests. The grilling came in two days of hearings in Geneva by the U.N. Committee on Torture. NPR's Sylvia Poggioli is following this and joins me now. And, Sylvia, earlier this year, it was a U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child that issued a very harsh report about clerical sex abuse. Tue, 06 May 2014 21:34:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 35057 at http://wunc.org 2,000 Buses Of Visitors: Rome Braces For Canonization Crowds http://wunc.org/post/2000-buses-visitors-rome-braces-canonization-crowds The day after Easter, St. Peter's Square was packed.<p>Caramba Camarra, a Gambian volunteer with Opera Romana Pelligrinaggi, the Vatican-run pilgrimage agency, said he had never seen so many people lined up to visit the basilica.<p>"It's amazing! The line curves like a serpent, filling the whole square," he said. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:04:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 34312 at http://wunc.org 2,000 Buses Of Visitors: Rome Braces For Canonization Crowds In First Visit To The Vatican, Obama Finds Himself Moved http://wunc.org/post/first-visit-vatican-obama-finds-himself-moved Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>President Obama says he was incredibly moved by his meeting today with Pope Francis at the Vatican. The president and the pontiff met for almost an hour. They discussed the plight of the poor and international conflicts. And there was also discussion of some hot-button issues for the Roman Catholic Church. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:36:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 32811 at http://wunc.org Obama And Pope Meet For First Time At The Vatican http://wunc.org/post/obama-meet-pope-francis-vatican-city Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene. Good morning. President Obama has wrapped up a meeting in Vatican City with Pope Francis, the man who in just one year has become the world's spiritual superstar. Now, the elections of both men made history, Barack Obama as the first African-American president, and the Argentine-born Jorge Bergoglio became the first non-European pope in centuries.<p>NPR's Sylvia Poggioli joins us now to talk about what these two men share and where they disagree. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:05:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 32770 at http://wunc.org