Sylvia Poggioli http://wvxu.org en This Fine Wine Made At An Italian Penal Colony Is No 2-Buck Chuck http://wvxu.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 22:49:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 29072 at http://wvxu.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://wvxu.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 20:19:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 28904 at http://wvxu.org The 1,000-Year-Old Schism That Pope Francis Seeks To Heal http://wvxu.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 27012 at http://wvxu.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://wvxu.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 26940 at http://wvxu.org Pope To Travel To Holy Land With Rabbi And Muslim Leader U.N. Panel Could Find Vatican Guilty Of Torture http://wvxu.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 26576 at http://wvxu.org