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Junno Arocho Esteves

Junno Arocho Esteves is an author at Religion News Service.

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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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