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

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.

Fr Cesáreo Gabaráin, deceased hymn composer, credibly accused of abuse

Aug 9, 2021 / 19:39 pm

The Marist Congregation in Spain has confirmed it has received credible accusations of the abuse of minors against Fr. Cesáreo Gabaráin, a composer who died in 1991.

Argentine diocese apologizes for prayer to Pachamama

Aug 5, 2021 / 17:49 pm

The Diocese of Venado Tuerto’s Caritas branch apologized Tuesday for having posted on its social media a prayer to Pachamama, an Andean deity.

Ecuadorian priest awarded by city for feeding hundreds of the needy daily

Jul 28, 2021 / 18:19 pm

The Mayor's Office of Guayaquil on Sunday awarded Fr. Wilson Malavé Parrales, director of the Lord of Good Hope Soup Kitchen for the Brother in Need, with the Urban Heroes Medal of Merit. 

Archbishop calls for unity at Peruvian bicentennial 

Jul 28, 2021 / 16:01 pm

The Archbishop of Piura on Tuesday encouraged working for unity in Peru and reminded the faithful that neither hatred nor violence are the way to the future, as the nation celebrates its bicentennial.

Colombian bishops: Euthanasia is a danger for the frailest and most vulnerable

Jul 28, 2021 / 11:00 am

The Colombian Bishops’ Conference decried the July 22 ruling of the Constitutional Court that expanded access to euthanasia to non-terminally ill patients. It said this practice not only offends the dignity of persons but is a "serious danger to the frailest and most vulnerable in our society.”