Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Aug 25, 2022 / 16:30 pm
In response to a question from EWTN, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Thursday that the Biden administration condemns recent attacks on democratic leaders in Nicaragua, without specifically mentioning those targeting priests and other Catholic leaders.
At Thursday’s White House press briefing, Owen Jensen, EWTN’s White House correspondent, cited a list of recent crimes in which the Ortega-Murillo regime has targeted Catholics. These include abducting the bishop of Matagalpa, Rolando Álvarez, last week, throwing several priests and seminarians in a prison known to use torture, and shutting down Catholic media outlets.
Since 2018, under the Ortega dictatorship, there have been more than 190 attacks against the Catholic Church, its bishops, priests, faithful, and houses of worship, Catholic officials in Nicaragua have said.
“I'm sure the White House is aware of [the] latest persecution of Catholics in Nicaragua. What's the White House’s response to the latest developments?” Jensen asked.