Sylvia Poggioli http://nhpr.org en Obama And Pope Meet For First Time At The Vatican http://nhpr.org/post/obama-meet-pope-francis-vatican-city 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. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:05:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 45711 at http://nhpr.org A Theme Park For Foodies? Italians Say Bologna http://nhpr.org/post/theme-park-foodies-italians-say-bologna Italy has more <a href="http://whc.unesco.org/en/statesparties/IT/">UNESCO world heritage sites</a> than any other country in the world, and its art and cultural riches have drawn visitors for centuries.<p>It also prides itself on being a culinary mecca, where preparing, cooking and serving meals is a fine, even sacred, art. Sun, 09 Mar 2014 18:36:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 44766 at http://nhpr.org A Theme Park For Foodies? Italians Say Bologna The Vatican Reaches Out, A Cricket Match At A Time http://nhpr.org/post/vatican-reaches-out-cricket-match-time Some 500 years after England's King Henry VIII broke with the Roman Catholic Church, the Vatican is vowing to defeat the Church of England — not in the pews, but on the cricket pitch.<p>The Vatican has launched its own cricket club — a move aimed at forging ties with teams of other faiths.<p>Rome's Capannelle Cricket Club is hosting training matches that will lead to the creation of the Vatican team, the St. Peter's Cricket Club.<p>The Catholic Church has long championed sports as good for mind, body and soul. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 18:37:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 38071 at http://nhpr.org The Vatican Reaches Out, A Cricket Match At A Time Off The Tuscan Coast, Raising The Ill-Fated Costa Concordia http://nhpr.org/post/tuscan-coast-raising-ill-fated-costa-concordia Weather permitting, one of the largest maritime salvage operations ever attempted will get underway Monday in the waters off of an Italian island.<p>Twenty months ago, in January 2012, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/07/14/156772234/italians-commemorate-costa-concordia-wreck">the Cos</a><a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/07/14/156772234/italians-commemorate-costa-concordia-wreck">ta Concordia luxury liner smashed into a jagged reef</a>, killing 32 people. Fri, 13 Sep 2013 22:44:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 34960 at http://nhpr.org Off The Tuscan Coast, Raising The Ill-Fated Costa Concordia Tortellini, The Dumpling Inspired By Venus' Navel http://nhpr.org/post/tortellini-dumpling-inspired-venus-navel Tortellini — small circles of rolled dough folded around a filling — are one of the most renowned members of the Italian pasta family. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 07:00:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 33868 at http://nhpr.org Tortellini, The Dumpling Inspired By Venus' Navel Italy's First Black Minister Finds Herself A Target Of Slurs http://nhpr.org/post/italys-first-black-minister-finds-herself-target-slurs When Cecile Kyenge became the first black government minister in Italian history, the appointment was hailed as a landmark for diversity. But since Kyenge became integration minister, she has been the target of death threats and vicious racial slurs.<p>The debate highlights growing intolerance and what Prime Minister Enrico Letta has called a shameful chapter for Italy.<p>When he presented his Cabinet, Letta described Kyenge as a bridge between diverse communities. Mon, 12 Aug 2013 15:35:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 33017 at http://nhpr.org Italy's First Black Minister Finds Herself A Target Of Slurs Rome's New Mayor Wants The Monuments Pedestrian Friendly http://nhpr.org/post/romes-new-mayor-wants-monuments-pedestrian-friendly On the first Saturday of August, a funny thing happened to 150,000 people on their way to the Roman Forum.<p>While a pianist and sax player set the mood, people looked upward and watched anxiously as acrobat Andrea Loreni made his way slowly on a tightrope stretched across Via dei Fori Imperiali, the wide avenue flanking the Forum and leading to the Coliseum.<p>The acrobat's walk was meant as a metaphor, a bridge reuniting ancient squares.<p>Dictator Benito Mussolini built the avenue in the 1920s as a tribute to fascism's imperial aspirations. Fri, 09 Aug 2013 16:36:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 32902 at http://nhpr.org Rome's New Mayor Wants The Monuments Pedestrian Friendly Art In Context: Venice Biennale Looks Past Pop Culture http://nhpr.org/post/iraq-vatican-among-first-time-exhibitors-venice-biennale Every two years for over a century, lovers of contemporary art convene in Venice for the oldest and largest noncommercial art exhibition in the world.<p>The Venice Biennale has none of the glitz and conspicuous consumption of art auctions in London and New York. Tue, 06 Aug 2013 09:02:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 32606 at http://nhpr.org Art In Context: Venice Biennale Looks Past Pop Culture World War II Researchers Say 'Italian Schindler' Was A Myth http://nhpr.org/post/world-war-ii-researchers-say-italian-schindler-was-myth A group of Italian researchers who have studied troves of World War II documents have found no evidence that Giovanni Palatucci, a police official long credited as the "Italian Schindler," saved the lives of 5,000 Jews.<p>The findings are demolishing the Italian national icon and angering supporters of the man who has been honored at Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, and who has been put on the track to sainthood.<p><strong>'Unfounded' Claims Of Heroism? Mon, 05 Aug 2013 16:49:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 32565 at http://nhpr.org World War II Researchers Say 'Italian Schindler' Was A Myth In Venice, Huge Cruise Ships Bring Tourists And Complaints http://nhpr.org/post/venice-huge-cruise-ships-bring-tourists-and-complaints The fragile architectural treasures of Venice are endangered by rising sea levels, and a growing number of critics now say the city and its canals are at risk from massive cruise ships as big as floating skyscrapers.<p>On an average day, tens of thousands of passengers lean over the railings of cruise ships that can be 300 yards long and 15 stories high. The tourists peer down at the majestic Doge's Palace as they sail into St. Mon, 15 Jul 2013 18:37:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 31332 at http://nhpr.org In Venice, Huge Cruise Ships Bring Tourists And Complaints Two Former Popes Approved For Sainthood http://nhpr.org/post/two-former-popes-approved-sainthood Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. Two of the most beloved popes in recent memory - John Paul II and John XXIII - have been formally approved for sainthood. NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports that in his first four months as pope, Francis has shown great personal and spiritual affinity with these two predecessors.<p>SYLVIA POGGIOLI, BYLINE: John Paul II led the Catholic Church for nearly 27 years. Fri, 05 Jul 2013 20:07:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 30764 at http://nhpr.org Parvum Opus: Followers Flock To Pope's Latin Twitter Feed http://nhpr.org/post/parvum-opus-followers-flock-popes-latin-twitter-feed Against all Vatican expectations, the pope's <a href="https://twitter.com/Pontifex_ln" target="_blank">Twitter account in Latin</a> has gained more than 100,000 followers in six months and continues to grow.<p>Followers are not exclusively Roman Catholics or Latin scholars, but represent a wide variety of professions and religions from all over the world. Some go so far as to claim that the language of the ancient Romans is perfectly suited to 21st-century social media.<p>Pope Benedict XVI launched the first papal Twitter account last December in eight languages, including Arabic. Wed, 19 Jun 2013 07:18:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 29715 at http://nhpr.org Parvum Opus: Followers Flock To Pope's Latin Twitter Feed Italian University Spreads The 'Gelato Gospel' http://nhpr.org/post/italian-university-spreads-gelato-gospel Italy has secured its place in the global diet with the likes of espresso, cappuccino, pasta and pizza.<p>The latest addition to the culinary lexicon is ... gelato, the Italian version of ice cream.<p>And despite tough economic times, gelato-making is a booming business.<p>At Anzola dell'Emilia, a short drive from the Italian city of Bologna, people from all over the world are lining up for courses in gelato-making.<p>This is the headquarters of Carpigiani, the world's biggest gelato machine. Mon, 17 Jun 2013 17:27:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 29615 at http://nhpr.org Italian University Spreads The 'Gelato Gospel' At 500, Machiavelli's 'Prince' Still Inspires Love And Fear http://nhpr.org/post/500-machiavellis-prince-still-inspires-love-and-fear The name <a href="http://www.npr.org/books/authors/138087934/niccolo-machiavelli">Niccolo Machiavelli</a> is synonymous with political deceit, cynicism and the ruthless use of power. Mon, 27 May 2013 20:29:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 28280 at http://nhpr.org At 500, Machiavelli's 'Prince' Still Inspires Love And Fear Young People Cast Out Of Italy's Welfare System http://nhpr.org/post/young-people-cast-out-italys-welfare-system Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>We are also following a subtler story of economic devastation, even with all the news about unemployment in Europe, this next number is hard to absorb. In Italy, among younger people, the jobless rate us close to 40 percent. The government is focused on the middle-aged and the elderly leaving little room it seems for their kids<p>Here's NPR's Sylvia Poggioli.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SCREAMING AND SHOOTING)<p>SYLVIA POGGIOLI, BYLINE: Shots rang out outside the prime minister's office the day Italy's new government was sworn in. Tue, 21 May 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 27880 at http://nhpr.org