Sylvia Poggioli http://boisestatepublicradio.org en In First Visit To The Vatican, Obama Finds Himself Moved http://boisestatepublicradio.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 20:55:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 42479 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Obama And Pope Meet For First Time At The Vatican http://boisestatepublicradio.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 42439 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org The Sometimes Tricky Relations Between Popes And Presidents http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/sometimes-tricky-relations-between-popes-and-presidents President Obama meets Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday, the 30th anniversary of formal relations between Washington and the Holy See, and against a backdrop of a sometimes turbulent history in U.S.-Vatican ties.<p>The first high-level bilateral contact was in 1788, as the Vatican foreign minister recalled recently. Speaking in a large renaissance hall, Archbishop Dominique Mamberti said President George Washington, through his envoy Benjamin Franklin, informed the Vatican that it did not need to seek authorization from the U.S. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 18:35:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 42400 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org The Sometimes Tricky Relations Between Popes And Presidents One Year Later, 'A Pope For All' Keeps Catholics Guessing http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/one-year-later-pope-all-keeps-catholics-guessing A year ago today, the world's 1.2 billion Catholics got their first Jesuit pope and the first from the global south. Taking the name Francis, he soon became one of the world's most popular newsmakers.<p>Following two doctrinally conservative leaders, the Argentine-born pope's pastoral approach has given the Catholic Church a new glow — less judgmental, more merciful.<p>Like many others in the big Sunday crowd in St. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 07:38:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 41618 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org One Year Later, 'A Pope For All' Keeps Catholics Guessing A Magnet For African Migrants, Italy Seeks A New Approach http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/magnet-african-migrants-italy-seeks-new-approach With mild weather ahead, southern Europe is once again bracing for new boatloads of would-be migrants and asylum seekers from North Africa.<p>Italy has borne the brunt of this migrant flow for two decades, and it has responded with one of Europe's most repressive laws on illegal immigration.<p>But now the Italian parliament is trying to scrap a law that has made migrants vulnerable to exploitation and human rights abuses. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 07:43:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 41546 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org A Magnet For African Migrants, Italy Seeks A New Approach A Theme Park For Foodies? Italians Say Bologna http://boisestatepublicradio.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 41396 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org A Theme Park For Foodies? Italians Say Bologna UN Report Raises Scathing Criticisms Of Vatican http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/un-report-raises-scathing-criticisms-vatican Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. The Vatican is angered by a UN report issued today that looks into the church's record on child sexual abuse. A UN committee on the rights of children is demanding the Roman Catholic Church turn over archives relating to how it dealt with priests. It accuses the Vatican of policies that effectively allowed priests to rape and molest tens of thousands of children worldwide. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 22:11:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 39697 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org On A Roman Street, Graffiti Celebrates 'SuperPope' http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/roman-street-graffiti-celebrates-superpope First, he's <em>Time</em> magazine's "<a href="http://poy.time.com/2013/12/11/person-of-the-year-pope-francis-the-peoples-pope/?iid=poy-main-lead">Person of the Year</a>." Then, he's <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/pope-francis-the-times-they-are-a-changin-20140128">Rolling Stone's cover story</a>: "The Times They Are A-Changin'" in the Roman Catholic Church.<p>Now, he's "SuperPope," the latest incarnation of Pope Francis, who has rapidly become one of the most popular leaders on the planet.<p>He made his debut recently, on a street named after the Roman comic playwright Plau Wed, 29 Jan 2014 20:20:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 39313 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org On A Roman Street, Graffiti Celebrates 'SuperPope' Archaeologists Unearth What May Be Oldest Roman Temple http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/archaeologists-unearth-what-may-be-oldest-roman-temple Archaeologists excavating a site in central Rome say they've uncovered what may be oldest known temple from Roman antiquity.<p>Along the way, they've also discovered how much the early Romans intervened to shape their urban environment.<p>And the dig has been particularly challenging because the temple lies below the water table.<p>At the foot Capitoline Hill in the center of Rome, stands the Medieval Sant'Omobono church.<p>Today, the Tiber River is about a hundred yards away. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 07:57:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 39278 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Archaeologists Unearth What May Be Oldest Roman Temple The Vatican Reaches Out, A Cricket Match At A Time http://boisestatepublicradio.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 35080 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org The Vatican Reaches Out, A Cricket Match At A Time In A Church Built On Tradition, The Pope Likes Spontaneity http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/church-built-tradition-pope-likes-spontaneity In the seven months since he was elected, Pope Francis has shaken up the Catholic world and beyond with off-the-cuff homilies, phone calls to ordinary folk and unscripted interviews. His Twitter followers now exceed 10 million. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 21:06:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 34847 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org In A Church Built On Tradition, The Pope Likes Spontaneity Off The Tuscan Coast, Raising The Ill-Fated Costa Concordia http://boisestatepublicradio.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 21:05:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 32342 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Off The Tuscan Coast, Raising The Ill-Fated Costa Concordia Tortellini, The Dumpling Inspired By Venus' Navel http://boisestatepublicradio.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 31370 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Tortellini, The Dumpling Inspired By Venus' Navel Ai Weiwei Exhibit Shines Light On Time As Political Prisoner http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/ai-weiwei-exhibit-shines-light-time-political-prisoner Chinese dissident artist and architect Ai Weiwei is an outspoken critic of China's record on human rights. This year, Beijing prevented him from traveling to Venice for the first exhibition of a deeply autobiographical work. His most recent installation is an excruciatingly detailed depiction of the period he was held in solitary detention.<p>In a quiet corner close to a canal, Sant'Antonin is a typical 17th century Venetian church. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 07:02:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 30925 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Ai Weiwei Exhibit Shines Light On Time As Political Prisoner Italy's First Black Minister Finds Herself A Target Of Slurs http://boisestatepublicradio.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 30567 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Italy's First Black Minister Finds Herself A Target Of Slurs Rome's New Mayor Wants The Monuments Pedestrian Friendly http://boisestatepublicradio.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 30403 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Rome's New Mayor Wants The Monuments Pedestrian Friendly Art In Context: Venice Biennale Looks Past Pop Culture http://boisestatepublicradio.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 09:23:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 30073 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Art In Context: Venice Biennale Looks Past Pop Culture World War II Researchers Say 'Italian Schindler' Was A Myth http://boisestatepublicradio.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 30031 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org World War II Researchers Say 'Italian Schindler' Was A Myth Berlusconi Vows To Fight Back After Tax Conviction http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/berlusconi-vows-fight-back-after-tax-conviction After some 20 trials over two decades, Italian media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi received his first definitive conviction Thursday for evading almost $10 million in taxes while he was prime minister.<p>After more than seven hours of deliberations, Judge Antonio Esposito read the ruling of the five Supreme Court judges: "In the name of the Italian people," the judge declared, "Berlusconi's conviction and prison term are irrevocable."<p>Berlusconi was sentenced to four years in jail, and he will be banned from public office for at least one year in a ruling that could undermine the fragile coalitio Fri, 02 Aug 2013 11:54:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 29888 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Berlusconi Vows To Fight Back After Tax Conviction In Venice, Huge Cruise Ships Bring Tourists And Complaints http://boisestatepublicradio.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 28935 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org In Venice, Huge Cruise Ships Bring Tourists And Complaints