Managua, Nicaragua, Apr 12, 2019 / 11:01 am
Pope Francis has asked Auxiliary Bishop Silvio José Báez Ortega of Managua to serve the Church in Rome for a temporary period. Báez has faced security concerns as a vocal critic of the administration of Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega.
Báez said in a press conference April 10 that he did not ask to leave Nicaragua, but that he will be obedient to the pope's request.
"I have not asked to leave Nicaragua. The Holy Father called me," he said. "I want to make it clear that my heart has always been here in my land, in my homeland and in the midst of my people. My pastor's heart will remain here in Nicaragua," he told media.
The bishop said that he will carry Nicaragua in his heart, but that "this decision of the Holy Father, that I accepted and assumed, has made my heart cry."