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.
Vatican pushes ahead with sainthood for missionary priest Junipero Serra
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis’ decision to celebrate Mass at a “celebration” of Junipero Serra is a very public sign that the pope does not seem bothered by the controversy that Serra’s sainthood has sparked.
Vatican drops image of bound woman after complaints
ROME (RNS) The Pontifical Council for Culture had chosen a photograph of the 1936 “Venus Restored” sculpture for its Feb. 4-7 conference on women and equality. But the choice of a sculpture bound in ropes to discuss women’s emancipation was deemed inappropriate in some quarters.
Vatican knew about theft of Michelangelo letters, refuses ransom demand
VATICAN CITY (RNS) While the Vatican refused to disclose the price put upon the documents, Italian media said that between 100,000 and 200,000 euros (or $108,000 to $214,000) had been demanded.