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.

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Milan measure restricting the construction of mosques thrown out

February 25, 2016

ROME (RNS) Italy’s constitutional court on Wednesday (Feb. 24) overturned the rule imposed in the Lombardy region, after the central government intervened saying the measure violated civil rights.

Pope Francis: ‘Isaiah was not a communist!’

February 24, 2016

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The pontiff once again waded into the fraught issue of economic inequality and biblical teachings.

Italy faces fine over CIA abduction of Egyptian cleric

February 24, 2016

ROME (RNS) Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr had been given political asylum and was living in Milan when he was snatched from a street in February 2003.

Pope Francis softens tone in address to Vatican staff

February 22, 2016

VATICAN CITY (RNS) He previously accused them of “spiritual Alzheimer’s” and listed a “catalog of illnesses” at the heart of the Holy See.

Vatican financial chief denies he is under investigation

February 19, 2016

VATICAN CITY (RNS) A Melbourne publication on Friday (Feb. 19) claimed Pell was the subject of a probe in Australia’s southeast state of Victoria over allegations he sexually abused between five and 10 boys.

Catholic Church under fire for rehabilitating convicted Indian priest

February 17, 2016

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul was found guilty of abusing a girl between 2004 and 2005 while working as a priest in Minnesota.

Cardinal O’Malley: We have a moral and ethical responsibility to report abuse

February 16, 2016

VATICAN CITY (RNS) O’Malley’s comments follow reports that a French priest told new bishops they were under no duty to report abuse allegations to the police.

St. John Paul II’s letters to Polish-American woman reveal intimate friendship

February 15, 2016

(RNS) The duo’s friendship has been well-documented, although newly released letters held at the Polish National Library show the closeness of their relationship.

In Mexico, Pope Francis will deliver messages for both sides of the border

February 12, 2016

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Donald Trump already ripped Francis as a “very political person” for visiting the border area during the week-long trip that starts Friday.

Padre Pio’s body leaves the Vatican after drawing thousands of pilgrims

February 11, 2016

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The body of one of Italy’s favorite saints spent nearly a week on display inside St. Peter’s Basilica as part of the Jubilee of Mercy.

Vatican sex abuse commission ends turbulent meeting, cites progress

February 8, 2016

VATICAN CITY (RNS) But the panel did not clarify the status of British clergy abuse victim Peter Saunders, who insists he has not stepped down despite a vote to suspend him.

Bosnians protest hijab ban

February 8, 2016

(RNS) The country’s high judicial council ordered the ban on the hijab and all “religious signs” from courts and other legal institutions.

Sex abuse victim allegedly sidelined by papal panel

February 6, 2016

ROME (RNS) “I made clear I would never be part of something that was a public relations exercise,” said British Catholic Peter Saunders.

Pope Francis and Russian patriarch to meet in Cuba in historic breakthrough

February 5, 2016

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The chief impetus for the Feb. 12 meeting is the need for a joint response to the persecution of Christians in the Middle East. The Russian leader, Patriarch Kirill, needs to reassure his own flock that he won’t be focused on reuniting with Catholicism after a 1,000-year schism.

Pope Francis praises China in latest effort to thaw chilly relations

February 3, 2016

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Is Beijing sending only a chill wind in return? The pontiff’s impassioned praise of China this week is the strongest sign of his ambitious agenda to do what he can to transform the historically fraught relations between China and Rome.

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