Walter Sanchez Silva

Walter Sanchez 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 Sanchez Silva

Are all religions equal? A Catholic priest responds

Feb 19, 2024 / 07:00 am

Father Eduardo Hayen Cuarón, director of the newspaper Presencia in Mexico, responded to the question of whether all religions are equal, good, and true.

‘Guadalupe: Mother of Humanity’ opens Feb. 22 in U.S. theaters

Feb 19, 2024 / 06:00 am

The film, shot in four countries, opens with fictionalized recreations of the five apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Guadalupe in 1531 to Juan Diego.

Church floor in Philippines collapses on Ash Wednesday, killing 1 and injuring dozens

Feb 15, 2024 / 18:10 pm

Witnesses reportedly heard a loud noise and then screams from the people who fell from the balcony and from some who were on the first floor.

Pope Francis accepts resignation of Panamanian cardinal who went missing

Feb 15, 2024 / 17:30 pm

The Vatican Press Office reported Feb. 15 that Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Cardinal José Luis Lacunza Maestrojuán of the Diocese of David in Panama.

Ash Wednesday: Leave the ashes on or wash them off?

Feb 14, 2024 / 04:30 am

“There is no minimum time” established to wear the ashes on the forehead or head, and they can serve as a witness.

The image of Our Lady of Lourdes that’s not there but everyone sees it

Feb 12, 2024 / 18:30 pm

Those who visit the chapel of the Our Lady of Lourdes shrine in the city of Alta Gracia, Argentina, witness a phenomenon that has no explanation.

What did Milei and Pope Francis say to each other at the canonization of Mama Antula?

Feb 12, 2024 / 15:30 pm

Pope Francis and the president of Argentina, Javier Milei, spoke briefly at the Vatican on Sunday, Feb. 11, ahead of the canonization of Mama Antula.

Dictatorship in Nicaragua uses confiscated nuns’ home as migration office

Feb 7, 2024 / 17:30 pm

The former house of the Sisters of the Fraternity of the Poor Ones of Jesus Christ is in the city of León in Nicaragua’s northwest.

16 priests, 25 deacons ordained in Seoul, site of World Youth Day 2027

Feb 6, 2024 / 18:00 pm

Archbishop Peter Chung Soon-taek of Seoul recently ordained 16 new priests and 25 new deacons for the archdiocese that will host World Youth Day 2027.

Argentine archbishop criticizes cardinals who back Fiducia Supplicans

Feb 5, 2024 / 18:00 pm

Archbishop Emeritus Héctor Aguer of La Plata, Argentina, criticized two cardinals who expressed support for the Vatican declaration Fiducia Supplicans.

Today begins week of reflection prior to the International Day of Prayer against Trafficking

Feb 2, 2024 / 17:15 pm

The day will be held on Feb. 8, the feast of St. Bakhita, a symbol in the Church of the fight against this scourge, which affects millions of people.

Canadian Cardinal Lacroix named in sexual abuse lawsuit

Jan 26, 2024 / 18:00 pm

The archbishop of Quebec, Canada, Cardinal Gerald Lacroix, faces allegations in a class action lawsuit filed against the Archdiocese of Quebec.

Dictatorship in Nicaragua expels three priests; exiled bishop meets with Pope Francis

Jan 22, 2024 / 18:30 pm

Researcher Martha Patricia Molina reported that the dictatorship of President Daniel Ortega expelled from Nicaragua three priests from the same congregation.

Cardinal explains how African rejection of Fiducia Supplicans was handled

Jan 22, 2024 / 18:00 pm

Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo recently recounted how the rejection of the blessing of homosexual couples was handled in Africa and at the Vatican.

Dictatorship in Nicaragua cancels legal personhood of 10 Catholic and evangelical NGOs

Jan 19, 2024 / 18:00 pm

The measure affects 16 nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), 10 of which are Catholic and evangelical institutions.

Former gay activist: Fiducia Supplicans hurts those ‘struggling for chastity’

Jan 19, 2024 / 09:00 am

Luca Di Tolve, Mister Gay Italy 1990 and a former homosexual activist, posted a reflection on his website regarding the declaration Fiducia Supplicans.

Cardinal Fernández says Pope Francis knew about his book ‘Mystical Passion’

Jan 17, 2024 / 18:35 pm

The prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith said in a recent interview that Pope Francis previously knew of his Spanish-language book.

Ecuador: Gang violence will not prevail, bishops say

Jan 10, 2024 / 18:00 pm

In a Jan. 9 message, the bishops of Ecuador said that “organized crime is sowing, in the day to day of our lives, chaos and despair.”

Priests, prelate respond to ‘visionary’ who encouraged using Eucharist in rituals

Jan 9, 2024 / 09:00 am

“This is a grave mortal sin: using holy Communion to use it in witchcraft is a sacrilege,” one priest said.

Fiducia Supplicans ‘not a topic’ for Christmas season, Uruguayan cardinal says

Dec 27, 2023 / 16:00 pm

​“I don’t think it was a topic to be brought out now at Christmas. ... it’s creating divisions within the Church,” Cardinal Daniel Sturla said.