Sylvia Poggioli http://nhpr.org en Over 2 Years Since Its Wreck, The Costa Concordia Floats Again http://nhpr.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 51921 at http://nhpr.org This Fine Wine Made At An Italian Penal Colony Is No 2-Buck Chuck http://nhpr.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 22:28:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 51712 at http://nhpr.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://nhpr.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 20:07:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 51474 at http://nhpr.org UN Committee Grills Vatican Officials On Sex Abuse http://nhpr.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 48035 at http://nhpr.org Obama And Pope Meet For First Time At The Vatican http://nhpr.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 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