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.
Spanish official: Mosque-cathedral belongs to all, not just Catholic Church
(RNS) “Religious consecration is not the way to acquire property,” said a Cordoba official, the latest salvo in a long-running debate over ownership of the unique place of worship.
Vatican monsignor confesses to church court he leaked documents
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Monsignor Angelo Lucio Vallejo Balda told Vatican prosecutors he passed the documents to journalists while he was distraught following the end of a close friendship with a woman who is also on trial.
Imam arrested in Italy, suspected of planning Rome terror attack
ROME (RNS) The 22-year-old Somali man’s intended target was unknown, but authorities had been watching him for two months as he tried to rally others to join him.
Pope Francis tries to clean up costly saint-making process
VATICAN CITY (RNS) After leaks pegged the cost of canonization at $500,000 on average, the pontiff moved to rein in abuses and improve accountability.
Congo-born priest resigns from German parish after racist threats
(RNS) Olivier Ndjimbi-Tshiende was harassed after he criticized a local politician who talked about an “invasion” of Eritrean refugees.
Four Catholic nuns among the dead in massacre by gunmen in Yemen
ROME (RNS) The nuns, from the order founded by Mother Teresa of Calcutta, are among 16 people killed by gunmen who attacked a retirement home.
Cardinal George Pell, top Vatican official, meets abuse victims after testimony
ROME (RNS) The encounter between Pell and the victims was a remarkably amicable coda to days of tense and often tough testimony by the cardinal and criticism from victims.
Irish Catholic priest caught snorting cocaine on camera
(RNS) The priest reportedly admitted to The Irish Sun that he took cocaine, stating he does not have a problem with drugs.
Vatican gives two thumbs-up to Oscar winner ‘Spotlight’
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Hours after the movie picked up the best picture prize, the Vatican newspaper praised the film for its portrayal of The Boston Globe’s investigation into clerical sex abuse.
Cardinal George Pell admits ‘indefensible’ errors in abuse crisis
ROME (RNS) The Australian churchman, now a top adviser to Pope Francis, testified that he had previously believed the denials of priests rather than the complaints of victims.
Catholic leaders win some, lose some in Italy’s new gay unions measure
ROME (RNS) The mixed result disappointed gay rights activists, and some conservative Catholics bemoaned an “anthropological revolution.”
Businessman arrested in Ponzi scheme that police say priest abetted
ROME (RNS) Christian Ventisette was nabbed in Spain, accused of swindling pensioners from the U.S. and elsewhere out of millions of euros with the help of a Catholic priest who once worked at the Vatican.