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Rosie Scammell

Rosie Scammell is a British journalist with extensive experience reporting for leading international news organizations. She has been based in Italy since 2012 and covers the Vatican for RNS.

All Stories by Rosie Scammell

Anti-Muslim hate crimes spike in Britain

June 30, 2016

(RNS) There were 437 incidents of anti-Muslim hatred recorded last year, up from 146 the year before.

Pope Francis is no Baptist: A wedding without wine is ‘shameful!’

June 8, 2016

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Despite some reports to the contrary, Francis proves that the pope is indeed Catholic: “Imagine finishing a wedding party drinking tea,” he said Wednesday. “It would be shameful!”

Gladiator screenwriter to pen biopic of Sufi mystic Rumi

June 7, 2016

(RNS) David Franzoni, whose script helped clinch the best-picture Academy Award for ‘Gladiator’ in 2001, is embarking on a new project charting the life of the beloved poet, scholar and Sufi mystic Jalaluddin al-Rumi.

Pope’s visit to Armenian genocide memorial may strain tensions with Turkey

May 13, 2016

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Francis’ trip carries huge significance, following the pontiff’s description of the killings as “the first genocide of the 20th century,” a claim Turkey rejects.

‘You are not alone,’ Pope Francis tells refugees, brings 12 to Rome

April 17, 2016

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The pontiff’s dramatic gesture capped a lightning visit, with Orthodox Christian leaders, to a Greek island that had a politically-charged message for Europe.

Sanders delivers his campaign pitch, wrapped in praise for the pope

April 15, 2016

VATICAN CITY (RNS) In the end, the Democratic candidate got something almost as good as a pope picture: blanket news coverage and a chance to deliver his stump speech wrapped in the words of the popular pontiff.

Bernie Sanders won’t be meeting Pope Francis (probably)

April 13, 2016

VATICAN CITY (RNS) When Sanders goes to the Vatican to address an economic conference, a papal meeting is not on the agenda. But, an official said, “Never say never.”

Pope Francis again blasts moral legalism by religious leaders

April 11, 2016

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The pontiff continued to preach the overarching theme of the landmark apostolic exhortation on the family he issued last week.

Papal document prescribes pragmatic view of family

April 8, 2016

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Francis’ apostolic exhortation maintains church teachings on divorce and sexuality but stresses the need for “a healthy dose of self-criticism.”

Pope to stress broader conception of family

April 7, 2016

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Apostolic Exhortation, “Amoris Laetitia” (“The Joy of Love”), will be the culmination of two synods in which family matters were hotly debated by bishops.

Pope blesses eyes of Ohio girl going blind

April 6, 2016

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Myers family traveled from Ohio for the papal blessing, part of a “bucket list” of experiences they wanted Lizzy to have before she loses her sight.

Muslim schoolboys’ handshake refusal causes stir in Switzerland

April 6, 2016

(RNS) The brothers, ages 14 and 15, refused to shake their female teacher’s hand, rejecting a national tradition.

Skateboarding church creator rejects criticism

April 5, 2016

(RNS) Okuda San Miguel transformed a long-abandoned church in northern Spain into a work of art and a place for recreation.

Report: Krakow site not safe for July’s World Youth Day event

April 5, 2016

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Field of Mercy site near Krakow poses a “high risk for the life and health of people,” according to a report published by Polish television.

Surviving nun recalls Yemen massacre

March 18, 2016

ROME (RNS) The handwritten notes tell how gunmen hunted down the nuns, four of the 16 victims, and then destroyed the Christian symbols in the Catholic nursing home.

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