Sylvia Poggioli http://aspenpublicradio.org en In First Visit To The Vatican, Obama Finds Himself Moved http://aspenpublicradio.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 16175 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Obama And Pope Meet For First Time At The Vatican http://aspenpublicradio.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 16138 at http://aspenpublicradio.org The Sometimes Tricky Relations Between Popes And Presidents http://aspenpublicradio.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 16103 at http://aspenpublicradio.org The Sometimes Tricky Relations Between Popes And Presidents One Year Later, 'A Pope For All' Keeps Catholics Guessing http://aspenpublicradio.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 15457 at http://aspenpublicradio.org One Year Later, 'A Pope For All' Keeps Catholics Guessing A Magnet For African Migrants, Italy Seeks A New Approach http://aspenpublicradio.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 15398 at http://aspenpublicradio.org A Magnet For African Migrants, Italy Seeks A New Approach