Sylvia Poggioli http://wmuk.org en Obama And Pope Meet For First Time At The Vatican http://wmuk.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 13199 at http://wmuk.org The Vatican Reaches Out, A Cricket Match At A Time http://wmuk.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 10098 at http://wmuk.org The Vatican Reaches Out, A Cricket Match At A Time Costa Concordia Clear Of Pollution And Delicate Reefs http://wmuk.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 8759 at http://wmuk.org Off The Tuscan Coast, Raising The Ill-Fated Costa Concordia http://wmuk.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 8705 at http://wmuk.org Off The Tuscan Coast, Raising The Ill-Fated Costa Concordia Italy's First Black Minister Finds Herself A Target Of Slurs http://wmuk.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 7822 at http://wmuk.org Italy's First Black Minister Finds Herself A Target Of Slurs