Walter Sánchez Silva

Walter Sánchez Silva

Walter Sánchez Silva is a senior writer for ACI Prensa ( With more than 15 years of experience, he has reported from important ecclesial events in Europe, Asia and Latin America during the pontificates of Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. E-mail:

Articles by Walter Sánchez Silva

Pope Francis authors preface to book on ‘Women and Ministries in the Synodal Church’

Jul 15, 2024 / 11:49 am

Pope Francis has written the preface to the book “Women and Ministries in the Synodal Church,” authored by three theologians and two cardinals. 

Confraternity of the Lord of Miracles to celebrate 30 years in U.S.

Jul 13, 2024 / 09:00 am

The confraternity was formed 1994 as an initiative of a Spanish priest who encouraged Peruvians to begin the apostolate at St. Juliana Church.

20,000 attend Mass marking 50th anniversary of the Neocatechumenal Way in U.S.

Jul 11, 2024 / 16:30 pm

The Eucharist was celebrated by the apostolic nuncio to the U.S., Cardinal Christophe Pierre, and held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Radio María in Nicaragua shut down by country’s dictatorship 

Jul 10, 2024 / 16:55 pm

The decision was detailed in a ministerial agreement signed by the ministry of the interior and published July 9 in the official government newspaper La Gaceta.

St. Monica Widows: a Catholic apostolate to reduce polygamy in Kenya

Jul 7, 2024 / 07:00 am

Archbishop Maurice Muhatia Makumba of Kisumu in Kenya discussed the project with EWTN News correspondent Colm Flynn on “EWTN News In Depth.”

Peru cardinal celebrates 36 years as a bishop, thanks Opus Dei founder, John Paul II

Jul 6, 2024 / 08:00 am

The cardinal in a July 4 video message from Rome posted by Diario Expreso recalled the day of his episcopal consecration on July 3, 1988.

Russian forces release two Ukrainian Catholic priests captured in 2022

Jul 1, 2024 / 16:00 pm

The pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need announced the release of two Ukrainian Greek Catholic priests who were captured in November 2022.

What are schism and excommunication in the Catholic Church?

Jun 25, 2024 / 16:15 pm

Just what are schism and excommunication in the Catholic Church? Here’s an explanation.

Pope Francis meets with Opus Dei prelate Monsignor Fernando Ocáriz

Jun 24, 2024 / 17:30 pm

“The audience, which lasted about half an hour, took place in an atmosphere of warmth and affection on the part of the Holy Father,” the prelature reported.

Catholic authorities in Spain excommunicate, expel renegade nuns

Jun 24, 2024 / 17:00 pm

The Catholic Church in Spain has decreed the excommunication and expulsion from consecrated life of the Poor Clare nuns of Belorado for committing schism.

The Catholic Church in France will have 105 new priests in 2024

Jun 22, 2024 / 06:00 am

Of the 105 new priests, 73 are diocesan, 16 belong to religious orders, 10 are members of communities, and two belong to societies of apostolic life.

Jesuits in Bolivia admit their actions were ‘disastrous’ in dealing with sexual abuse

Jun 18, 2024 / 07:00 am

The Jesuits of Bolivia in a June 16 statement admitted their actions were “negligent, indolent, and disastrous” in response to the sexual abuse of minors by priests.

Former punk band guitarist, policeman ordained to Catholic priesthood

Jun 12, 2024 / 07:00 am

The Cathedral of Prato, Italy, was the setting last Saturday for the ordination of a former punk band guitarist and policeman.

Vatican: Pope Francis speaks again about the admission of homosexuals to seminaries

Jun 11, 2024 / 19:15 pm

The Vatican Press Office reported that during a closed-door meeting, the pope again discussed the admission of men “with homosexual tendencies to seminaries.”

Pope Francis warns of ‘cold war’ in families, encourages living forgiveness

Jun 6, 2024 / 16:52 pm

As part of the “School of Prayer” initiative, the Holy Father met Thursday with about 30 families from the parish of St. Brigid of Sweden in Rome.

Prominent Jesuit: The Society of Jesus is in ‘profound decline’

May 24, 2024 / 10:31 am

Father Julio Fernández Techera, SJ, rector of the Catholic University of Uruguay, has written a widely circulated, critical essay about the Society of Jesus.

Pontifical Academy for Life is betraying its founder, JPII biographer George Weigel says

May 22, 2024 / 15:05 pm

George Weigel, biographer of St. John Paul II, lamented that the Pontifical Academy for Life has betrayed Dr. Jérôme Lejeune, its founding president.

Spain archbishop on schismatic nuns: ‘I don’t know if they realize the profound consequences’

May 21, 2024 / 12:26 pm

Archbishop Mario Iceta of Burgos in Spain noted: “I don’t know if they realize the profound consequences” of their decision.

EWTN designated official channel for 2024 International Eucharistic Congress

May 21, 2024 / 06:40 am

The 53rd International Eucharistic Congress has chosen EWTN as the official channel for providing live coverage of the Sept. 8–15 event in Quito, Ecuador.

Pope Francis appoints pontifical legate to 2024 International Eucharistic Congress

May 20, 2024 / 17:51 pm

Pope Francis has appointed Cardinal Kevin Farrell as his special envoy for the 53rd International Eucharistic Congress.