ACI Prensa Staff, Oct 3, 2023 / 18:30 pm
On the night of Sunday, Oct. 1, the dictatorship in Nicaragua arrested two Catholic priests from the Diocese of Estelí and one from the Diocese of Jinotega, both in the northern part of the Central American country.
The newspaper El Confidencial confirmed on Sunday that those detained in Estelí, whose diocesan administrator is the imprisoned bishop Rolando Álvarez, are Father Julio Ricardo Norori from the St. John the Evangelist Parish in the town of San Juan del Río Coco, Madriz Department (administrative district), and Father Iván Centeno from Immaculate Conception of Mary Parish in the town of Jalapa in Nueva Segovia Department.
The third priest arrested, according to various sources, is Father Cristóbal Gadea, pastor of Our Lady of Mercy Church located in the El Cuá sector of Jinotega Department.
The arrest of a fourth priest, Father Erick Ramírez Velásquez of Christ the King Parish in the town of Telpaneca in Madriz Department, had also been reported. However, the church stated Oct. 2 on its Facebook page that the priest was in “perfect” condition.