Sylvia Poggioli http://wkms.org en Obama And Pope Meet For First Time At The Vatican http://wkms.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 39504 at http://wkms.org The Vatican Reaches Out, A Cricket Match At A Time http://wkms.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 36346 at http://wkms.org The Vatican Reaches Out, A Cricket Match At A Time Costa Concordia Clear Of Pollution And Delicate Reefs http://wkms.org/post/costa-concordia-clear-pollution-and-delicate-reefs Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>It's being called the largest marine salvage operation ever. Off the coast of west Italy, engineers are attempting to rotate the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner to an upright position. The massive ship is now clear of the reef that had penetrated the hull. And apparently, no pollutants are spilling from the ship.<p>NPR's Sylvia Poggioli joins us now from the island of Giglio. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 20:44:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 34920 at http://wkms.org Off The Tuscan Coast, Raising The Ill-Fated Costa Concordia http://wkms.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 22:04:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 34871 at http://wkms.org Off The Tuscan Coast, Raising The Ill-Fated Costa Concordia Ai Weiwei Exhibit Shines Light On Time As Political Prisoner http://wkms.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 34102 at http://wkms.org Ai Weiwei Exhibit Shines Light On Time As Political Prisoner Italy's First Black Minister Finds Herself A Target Of Slurs http://wkms.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 33919 at http://wkms.org Italy's First Black Minister Finds Herself A Target Of Slurs Rome's New Mayor Wants The Monuments Pedestrian Friendly http://wkms.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 33868 at http://wkms.org Rome's New Mayor Wants The Monuments Pedestrian Friendly Art In Context: Venice Biennale Looks Past Pop Culture http://wkms.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 33733 at http://wkms.org Art In Context: Venice Biennale Looks Past Pop Culture World War II Researchers Say 'Italian Schindler' Was A Myth http://wkms.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 33705 at http://wkms.org World War II Researchers Say 'Italian Schindler' Was A Myth In Venice, Huge Cruise Ships Bring Tourists And Complaints http://wkms.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 33080 at http://wkms.org In Venice, Huge Cruise Ships Bring Tourists And Complaints