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

Bishop who will attend synod: We must address issue of women deacons and priests

Sep 20, 2023 / 11:30 am

The bishop of San Francisco de Macorís in the Dominican Republic, Alfredo De la Cruz, said the Synod on Synodality should discuss the ministerial priesthood for women.

Sin is a ‘suicidal act’ and always has social consequences, Peru archbishop warns

Sep 18, 2023 / 18:30 pm

Archbishop José Antonio Eguren of Piura in northern Peru noted that “one of the great evils of our time is to have lost the sense of sin.”

Bishops of Panama: Catholics must not attend SSPX Masses

Sep 18, 2023 / 18:00 pm

The Panamanian Bishops’ Conference has published a communiqué stating that Catholics should not attend services of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Pius X.

‘Sound of Freedom’ producer Eduardo Verástegui files as candidate for president of Mexico

Sep 9, 2023 / 16:00 pm

Verástegui, whose film “Sound of Freedom” ranks first at the box office in Latin America, filed his declaration of intention yesterday.

Nicaraguan ‘campesino’ leader who refused to falsely accuse bishops shares his testimony

Sep 7, 2023 / 09:30 am

Medardo Mairena Sequeira said Daniel Ortega “has become entrenched in power and anyone who makes waves ... can immediately be abducted.”

Archbishop gives Communion to Muslim sheik at funeral Mass for cardinal: his explanation

Sep 5, 2023 / 17:19 pm

The incident sparked controversy among Catholics, and the prelate posted an explanation for what happened on the archdiocesan website.

Opus Dei does not want to be an exception in the Church, prelate says

Aug 28, 2023 / 16:45 pm

Monsignor Fernando Ocáriz, the prelate of Opus Dei, said the institution he has led since January 2017 “does not want to be an exception” in the Church.

Latin American Catholic college organization condemns seizure of Nicaraguan Jesuit university

Aug 28, 2023 / 16:15 pm

The organization expressed its “deep concern over the siege, the confiscation of assets, and the closure suffered by the Central American University.”

Canonization cause opens for Argentine officer tortured and killed by Marxist insurgents

Aug 22, 2023 / 16:00 pm

The cause for canonization of Argentino del Valle Larrabure, an army colonel tortured and murdered in 1975 by Marxist rebels, was announced Aug. 19.

These cloistered nuns who never leave the convent are at WYD for the first time

Aug 4, 2023 / 16:50 pm

They never (or almost never) leave the convent, but one lively group of cloistered nuns is participating for the first time in World Youth Day 2023.

Honduran bishop: Although Bishop Álvarez is in prison, he won’t be silent

Jul 26, 2023 / 16:00 pm

“He’s not going to be silent. He is not a man to stay silent. ... [He wants to] return to his flock,” said Bishop José Antonio Canales of Danlí, Honduras.

Dictatorship in Nicaragua freezes fund for retired priests

Jul 25, 2023 / 16:10 pm

A Nicaraguan lawyer and researcher reported that elderly priests are not receiving their pensions from the national insurance funds for priests.

21-year-old terminally ill Spanish Carmelite dies on eve of feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

Jul 18, 2023 / 16:30 pm

Friar Pablo María de la Cruz Alonso Hidalgo was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer when he was 16 years old, but he still felt the call to religious life.

U.S. State Department official calls for release of imprisoned bishop, priest in Nicaragua

Jul 17, 2023 / 16:50 pm

The U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs has called for the release of Father Fernando Zamora Silva and Bishop Rolando Álvarez.

French priest accused of abusing a young girl commits suicide

Jul 17, 2023 / 14:00 pm

According to local media France Bleu Nord, the 47-year-old priest was hit by a freight train in the northern region near the border with Belgium.

Pope John Paul II’s personal secretary makes private visit to Medjugorje

Jul 14, 2023 / 16:30 pm

Polish Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, archbishop emeritus of Krakow, paid a private visit to Medjugorje on July 11.

Why does producer Eduardo Verástegui consider ‘Sound of Freedom’ success a miracle?

Jul 13, 2023 / 16:00 pm

“Sound of Freedom” ranked first at the box office on its opening day in U.S. theaters on July 4.

Catholic Church is most credible institution in Nicaragua, CID Gallup poll finds

Jul 12, 2023 / 16:15 pm

The survey indicated that 48% consider the Catholic Church to be the most credible institution, while the Ortega presidency has only 26% credibility.

5 years after massacre, Nicaragua dictatorship arrests priest, blocks return of another

Jul 11, 2023 / 08:00 am

On Sunday, July 9, Father Fernando Zamora Silva was reportedly “arbitrarily arrested” in the city of Managua where he was visiting.

WYD is an invitation to young people to experience God, explains future Portuguese cardinal

Jul 10, 2023 / 16:00 pm

Bishop Américo Aguiar, an auxiliary bishop of Lisbon, made the statement July 6 in an interview with RTP Notícias.