The three appointments mark the start of a generational change within the Court of Appeal of the Vatican City State, whose president, Msgr. Pio Vito Pinto, is close to retirement. The appointments also follow Pope Francis’ trend of appointing Italian judges and prosecutors to the Vatican court.
The Court of Appeal is the second level of judgment in the Vatican tribunal system. The other courts are the tribunal of first instance, whose president is Giuseppe Pignatone, and the Court of Cassation, presided over by Cardinal Dominique Mamberti, who is also prefect of the Apostolic Signatura.
Catia Summaria has had a long career as a prosecutor in Italy. She was judicial auditor from 1980 to 1989 before being appointed deputy prosecutor at the District Prosecutor’s Office of Rome.
Summaria also served as deputy prosecutor of the Public Prosecutor’s Office at the Ordinary Court of Rome from 2000 to 2011, becoming deputy prosecutor of Rome’s Court of Appeal until 2017.
She was also a member of the Italian Ministry of Justice’s study commission for the reform of the judicial system in 2015.
Msgr. Viscome has worked in the Roman Rota since 2010, most recently as prelate auditor. Ordained a priest in 1992, he was defender of the bond in a regional ecclesiastical court in Italy. From 2011 to 2015, he was the substitute defender of the bond in the Roman Rota, and from 2015 to 2016 he was promoter of justice.