Sylvia Poggioli http://wfae.org en Stopped By 'No One,' A Nun Wins Italy's 'The Voice' http://wfae.org/post/singing-nun-wins-italys-voice <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdVepadhCb0</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 09:08:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 52409 at http://wfae.org Stopped By 'No One,' A Nun Wins Italy's 'The Voice' The 1,000-Year-Old Schism That Pope Francis Seeks To Heal http://wfae.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 51390 at http://wfae.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://wfae.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 51266 at http://wfae.org Pope To Travel To Holy Land With Rabbi And Muslim Leader U.N. Panel Could Find Vatican Guilty Of Torture http://wfae.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 11:36:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 50705 at http://wfae.org UN Committee Grills Vatican Officials On Sex Abuse http://wfae.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 50414 at http://wfae.org Two Very Different Popes Will Be Canonized http://wfae.org/post/two-very-different-popes-will-be-canonized Pope Francis will canonize two 20th-century Catholic giants on Sunday — one a pope beloved by traditionalists the other a pontiff who was the icon of Catholic liberals.<p>The Polish-born <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/07/05/198993166/pope-john-paul-ii-will-be-made-a-saint" target="_blank">John Paul II</a> was the first non-Italian pope in nearly 500 years. He traveled to every corner of the earth and helped bring down communism.<p>John XXIII was a Vatican diplomat in World War II who saved many Jews from the Holocaust. Sat, 26 Apr 2014 11:51:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 49771 at http://wfae.org Two Very Different Popes Will Be Canonized 2,000 Buses Of Visitors: Rome Braces For Canonization Crowds http://wfae.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 49556 at http://wfae.org 2,000 Buses Of Visitors: Rome Braces For Canonization Crowds In First Visit To The Vatican, Obama Finds Himself Moved http://wfae.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 20:12:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 47828 at http://wfae.org Obama And Pope Meet For First Time At The Vatican http://wfae.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 47779 at http://wfae.org The Sometimes Tricky Relations Between Popes And Presidents http://wfae.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 47743 at http://wfae.org The Sometimes Tricky Relations Between Popes And Presidents