The nuns were in charge of the López Carazo nursing home in the city of Rivas in the Diocese of Granada, whose bishop, Jorge Solórzano, was reportedly notified by the dictatorship of the expulsion.
Neither the bishop nor the diocese have issued any statement on the matter.
The Diocese of Tilarán-Liberia in Costa Rica, about 100 miles from the border with Nicaragua, reported April 12 that Sister Isabel and Sister Cecilia, who belong to to the Dominican congregation of the Anunciata, were welcomed by their other sister and her husband yesterday afternoon at the Peñas Blancas border post in Costa Rica.
Bishop Manuel Eugenio Salazar of Tilarán-Liberia expressed his desire to help the nuns with whatever they need and sent Father Juan de Dios Bermúdez Quesada, pastor of La Cruz, to help with the procedures at the migration post.
On his Facebook page, Salazar told the expelled nuns that “it’s an honor that as spouses of Christ your feet should set foot on these lands; the Diocese of Tilarán-Liberia is open to you. Thank you for your dedication to Christ and to his Church!”
“Let us continue to pray for the Church in Nicaragua and especially for Bishop Rolando Álvarez, who has served two months in prison. Mary, Immaculate Mother, defend and protect Nicaragua!” the prelate exclaimed in reference to the bishop of Matagalpa, unjustly sentenced to 26 years and four months in prison as a “traitor to the homeland.”