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

French ‘influencer’ priest posts video parodies of Mass, apologies to those who ‘may have felt hurt’

Nov 15, 2022 / 16:36 pm

A French “influencer” priest who was asked by the Vatican to help out with a survey for the Synod on Synodality has sparked controversy for his videos.

A million march throughout Mexico for women, life, and peace

Oct 10, 2022 / 12:40 pm

The marches took place Oct. 8–9 in cities in 30 states “in favor of the causes of women, the protection of human life, and for peace in Mexico.”

Italian court acquits three Legionaries of Christ of extortion charges

Oct 4, 2022 / 17:20 pm

The Legionaries of Christ announced Monday the conclusion of a judicial process in the Ordinary Court of Milan involving three priests and two other persons in Italy.

Guatemalan cardinal responds to Daniel Ortega’s attack on the Church

Oct 4, 2022 / 14:16 pm

Cardinal Álvaro Leonel Ramazzini Imeri of Huehuetenango gave a spirited response to Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega, who a few days ago verbally attacked Pope Francis and said that the Catholic Church is “the perfect dictatorship.”

Violence and corruption won’t build up Chile, cardinal says at independence prayer service

Sep 19, 2022 / 13:06 pm

Cardinal Celestino Aós Braco of Santiago de Chile said in a prayer service marking the country’s independence that neither violence nor corruption will build Chile. 

Archbishop, Carmelite nuns sign agreement after conflict over alleged Marian apparitions

Sep 7, 2022 / 14:34 pm

The Discalced Carmelite sisters of the monastery of San Bernardo in Salta, Argentina, signed an agreement with Archbishop Mario Antonio Cargnello following the conflict.

Police harassment forces priest to celebrate Mass outside church in Nicaragua

Aug 16, 2022 / 14:30 pm

A group of police officers from the Daniel Ortega dictatorship in Nicaragua arrived at a parish Aug. 16 with the intention of arresting the pastor.

Victim of Bishop Zanchetta: ‘Don't turn your back on us; we didn’t deserve such treatment’

Aug 13, 2022 / 04:00 am

Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta of Oran, Argentina, was found guilty of abuse and sentenced to prison in March, but in July he served his sentence under house arrest.

Could priests in Mexico avoid being killed by wearing a cassock?

Aug 4, 2022 / 04:00 am

Bishop Jesús González Hernández said wearing religious clothing could prevent Catholic priests from being victims of violence.

Opus Dei in Argentina responds to accusations of exploiting women

Aug 3, 2022 / 14:47 pm

The BBC published an article Aug. 2 reporting that 43 women from Argentina, Paraguay, and Bolivia made a complaint against Opus Dei with the Vatican in September 2021.

What to do when there's fake news such as the 'death' of Benedict XVI: A priest responds

Jul 14, 2022 / 15:27 pm

Father Juan Manuel Góngora of Almería, Spain, said the latest online hoax is “one more proof” of the need for better reliability and verification criteria of online news.

Costa Rican bishop receives Missionaries of Charity expelled from Nicaragua

Jul 12, 2022 / 09:35 am

Bishop Eugenio Salazar Mora of Tilarán-Liberia in Costa Rica greeted the nuns one by one and knelt as he greeted their superior.

Mexican bishop to country's president: 'We've done our job as pastors'

Jul 11, 2022 / 16:30 pm

Bishop Ramón Castro Castro on July 9 responded to recent remarks by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who called the Catholic Church in Mexico “hypocritical.”

Pope Francis jokes about upcoming Canada trip: 'They say it's not easy, I think it is'

Jul 11, 2022 / 15:31 pm

After visiting a community of Jesuits in Rome this weekend, Pope Francis joked about his upcoming trip to Canada, from July 24-30.

Missionaries of Charity expelled from Nicaragua

Jul 7, 2022 / 15:00 pm

The action is the latest in religious persecutions that have escalated there in the last four years.

Peruvian same-sex-attracted man defies gay 'pride' by promising to be chaste

Jul 1, 2022 / 14:40 pm

In a recent interview with Spanish EWTN News, Gerson Granados Gonzales shared his life’s journey and a message to those with homosexual tendencies.

Cardinal reveals he was detained by drug traffickers in Mexico

Jun 28, 2022 / 16:25 pm

Cardinal Francisco Robles Ortega lamented the current climate of violence in Mexico at a June 26 press conference.

Puerto Rican Senate passes bill banning abortion after 22 weeks

Jun 24, 2022 / 16:40 pm

If passed in the House, the bill will go to the desk of the governor of Puerto Rico for his signature.

Fathers are more than providers, and St. Joseph is their example, archbishop says

Jun 20, 2022 / 16:44 pm

Archbishop Rogelio Cabrera López of Monterrey, president of the Mexican Bishops’ Conference, said in a Father's Day message that fathers are not just providers and that their example is St. Joseph.

Priests back bishop attacked in media for defending life and the family

Jun 8, 2022 / 03:00 am

Bishop Santiago Gómez Sierra encouraged Catholics to vote for those who share Christian values.