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: [email protected]

Articles by Walter Sanchez Silva

Spanish PM meets with head of country's bishops' conference

Jan 25, 2022 / 17:11 pm

Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez visited the president of the Spanish Bishops’ Conference, Cardinal Juan José Omella, on Monday to discuss a series of issues including the registered assets of the Catholic Church.

Priest denounces Spanish Caritas for Christological error

Jan 11, 2022 / 15:51 pm

Father Antonio María Domenech Guillén, a priest of the Diocese of Cuenca, harshly criticized Spanish Caritas for writing “nonsense” about Christ on the feast of the Baptism of the Lord.

Brazil to have a statue of Jesus larger than Christ the Redeemer

Jan 7, 2022 / 15:36 pm

A statue of Christ is being built in Brazil that will be larger than the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue of Rio de Janeiro.

Archbishop of Lima says Jesus died as a layman and without offering a sacrifice

Dec 26, 2021 / 00:00 am

Archbishop Carlos Castillo Mattasoglio of Lima, Peru, has yet to clarify remarks he made in a pre-Christmas Mass that contradict the teaching of the Catholic Church about Jesus’ death.

Colombian bishop repudiates shocking abuse of boy at home run by nuns

Dec 23, 2021 / 17:20 pm

The Bishop of Zipaquirá, Colombia, Héctor Cubillos Peña, expressed his “deep pain and his firm repudiation” of the “serious mistreatment” of a 9-year-old boy at a facility administered by the sisters of the Congregation of the Servants of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Poor.

New placements announced for seminarians after controversial closure of seminary in Argentina

Dec 16, 2021 / 14:34 pm

Protests erupted last year when a highly regarded seminary in Argentina was shut down by the Vatican, with little explanation. Now, the seminaries are being reassigned to other seminaries, though many have left, ACI Prensa has found.

Bishops mourn deaths of two police officers killed in terrorist attack at Colombia airport

Dec 15, 2021 / 15:34 pm

Bishop Víctor Manuel Ochoa Cadavid of the Military Ordinariate of Colombia expressed his sorrow and solidarity following the Dec. 14 terrorist attack that took the lives of two police officers at the Camilo Daza airport in the city of Cúcuta, located on the border with Venezuela.

Costa Rican diocese orders canonical closure of Benedictine monastery

Nov 10, 2021 / 10:24 am

The Diocese of Cartago has ordered the canonical closure of the San José Benedictine Monastery, a diocesan foundation that had functioned ad experimentum for some years.

Pope Francis meets with Sodalitium Christianae Vitae superior general

Nov 4, 2021 / 14:45 pm

Pope Francis received in a private audience at the Vatican Oct. 30 José David Correa González, superior general of the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae, an institute of consecrated life that is reforming its constitution under the guidance of Vatican authorities.

Church asks people to vote their conscience in Nicaraguan general election

Oct 25, 2021 / 11:11 am

The Nicaraguan bishops’ conference called Thursday on citizens to act freely and to vote according to their conscience as the country prepares for a general election next month.

Nun released nearly five years after kidnapping in Mali thanks God

Oct 19, 2021 / 16:39 pm

Sister Gloria Cecilia Narváez Argoti, a missionary who was abducted in Mali in February 2017 and held for nearly five years, posted Sunday on Twitter thanking God and all those who made possible her liberation.

Colombian bishop implores ill woman to not be euthanized

Oct 7, 2021 / 18:01 pm

The head of the Colombian bishops’ Commission for the Promotion and Defense of Life on Wednesday addressed a video message to Martha Liria Sepúlveda Campo, a 51-year-old woman who is sick but not terminally so, urging her to desist from her decision to be euthanized.

100 clerics will make bicycle pilgrimage to honor Our Lady in Mexico

Oct 6, 2021 / 14:29 pm

A bicycle pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady of Zapopan will be made this week by 100 clerics, the Archdiocese of Guadalajara’s sports ministry has announced.

Mexican Supreme Court invalidates medical conscientious objection law

Sep 21, 2021 / 11:25 am

Mexico's Supreme Court on Monday invalidated an article of the General Health Law that broadly provided for medical personnel's conscientious objection to participating in treatments, such as abortion.

Argentine archbishop warns president: 'There is little time left' to avoid debacle

Sep 18, 2021 / 06:01 am

Archbishop Víctor Manuel Fernández of La Plata warned Argentine president Alberto Fernández Thursday that his priorities, such as abortion, marijuana, euthanasia, and non-binary language, don’t respond to the "profound anguish" of the people.

Salvadoran president urged to oppose proposed pro-abortion constitutional changes

Sep 15, 2021 / 18:01 pm

Seventy-five pro-life and pro-family organizations on Monday asked the president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, to oppose the changes to the constitution promoted by his vice president, Félix Ulloa, which would open the doors to abortion, euthanasia, and gender ideology, and would threaten religious freedom.

Buenos Aires cathedral tagged with anti-Catholic graffiti

Aug 30, 2021 / 15:10 pm

Vandals attacked the Buenos Aires cathedral in Argentina last Friday, spray painting the walls with various slogans against the Church, Catholic priests and the Bible. 

Colombian Supreme Court rules minors can marry or cohabit with an adult without parental consent

Aug 26, 2021 / 15:19 pm

The Supreme Court of Colombia ruled last week that minors between 14 and older can choose, without parental consent, legally to marry or cohabit with an adult if they have the “responsible intention” to form a family.

Retired archbishop calls Pope Francis' Traditional Latin Mass restrictions 'a regrettable step backwards'

Aug 26, 2021 / 10:45 am

Archbishop Héctor Rubén Aguer, the Archbishop Emeritus of La Plata, has said that the restrictions on the Traditional Latin Mass in Traditionis custodes “involve a regrettable step backwards.”

Prayers asked for nun kidnapped in Mali in 2017

Aug 11, 2021 / 14:23 pm

An initiative that works to highlight persecution of Christians released Friday a video seeking prayers for Sister Gloria Cecilia Nárvaez Argoti, a missionary who was abducted in Mali in February 2017.