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.
Milan measure restricting the construction of mosques thrown out
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.
Italy faces fine over CIA abduction of Egyptian cleric
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
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
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
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
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
(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
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
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
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.
Sex abuse victim allegedly sidelined by papal panel
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
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
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.