Junno Arocho Esteves

Junno Arocho Esteves is an author at Religion News Service.

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In Hungary trip, Pope Francis to confront refugee crisis, Ukraine war

By Junno Arocho Esteves — April 27, 2023
ROME (RNS) — Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s and Francis’ messages, particularly on immigration, have often been at odds.

Pope Francis clears way for women and lay Catholics to vote in upcoming bishops’ meeting

By Junno Arocho Esteves — April 26, 2023
ROME (RNS) — The addition of lay men and women as voting members is ‘not a revolution, but rather an important change,’ said a cardinal overseeing the synod.

Francis focuses Easter message on hope, with prayers for an end to global conflicts

By Junno Arocho Esteves — April 9, 2023
ROME (RNS) — The proclamation that Christ is 'truly risen' is a reminder that 'our hope is not an illusion, but the truth,' the pope said.

Vatican prosecutors to meet with brother of teenage girl who vanished in the 1980s

By Junno Arocho Esteves — April 7, 2023
(RNS) — Interest in the case was reignited by an October 2022 Netflix documentary, 'Vatican Girl,' featuring new testimony from a friend of the missing teen claiming she had revealed that a high-ranking Vatican clergyman had made unwanted sexual advances.

Pope Francis admitted to hospital with respiratory infection

By Junno Arocho Esteves — March 29, 2023
ROME (RNS)  — The Vatican clarified that it was not COVID-19 but it would ‘require several days of appropriate medical treatment at the hospital.’

London property scandal was a ‘Via Crucis,’ says archbishop at Vatican trial

By Junno Arocho Esteves — March 17, 2023
ROME (RNS) — 'If the Lord fell three times, we fell six times,' said Venezuelan Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra during his testimony at the 51st session of the Vatican financial trial.

In interview, Pope Francis calls priestly celibacy ‘not eternal’

By Junno Arocho Esteves — March 10, 2023
ROME (RNS) — In an interview published Friday (March 10), Pope Francis called celibacy in the priesthood a gift from God but also a 'provisional' discipline observed mostly in the Western Church that is not essential to ordination.

Vatican prosecutors reveal extraordinary exchange between pope and accused cardinal

By Junno Arocho Esteves — March 9, 2023
ROME (RNS) — Cardinal Angelo Becciu pleaded with the pope to confirm that the pontiff had endorsed an investment of church funds into a London real estate property that is at the heart of the Vatican’s blockbuster corruption trial.

In corruption trial, Vatican Bank chief says his office refused to bail out real estate deal

By Junno Arocho Esteves — February 17, 2023
ROME (RNS) — Jean-Baptiste De Franssu testified that the bank denied a loan for a luxury London property due to concerns about the involvement of two men whose names appeared on a database of individuals involved in financial malfeasance.

Synod officials caution bishops to put Catholics’ needs over their own agendas

By Junno Arocho Esteves — January 30, 2023
(RNS) — The warning seemed aimed at the German bishops' approach to the Synodal Path.

Pope Francis moves ahead with delayed Africa visit despite violence in Congo

By Junno Arocho Esteves — January 25, 2023
(RNS) — A Vatican spokesman said ‘there was no specific threat’ to the 86-year-old pontiff.
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