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Bishop Rolando Álvarez of Matagalpa, Nicaragua, during the indictment presented by the dictatorship of Nicaragua on Jan. 10, 2023.

European bishops call for release of Nicaraguan bishop due to stand trial for conspiracy

Feb 8, 2023

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

The president of the European bishops’ conferences has demanded “the immediate release” of Bishop Rolando Álvarez of Matagalpa, Nicaragua. Read more

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Dictatorship in Nicaragua sentences seven more clergy and laity to 10 years in prison

Feb 7, 2023

By CNA Staff

The sentence consists of five years for the crime of “conspiracy to undermine national security and sovereignty” and five years... Read more

Father Oscar Benavidez.

Dictatorship in Nicaragua sentences priest critical of the regime to 10 years in prison

Feb 6, 2023

By CNA Staff

Father Óscar Danilo Benavidez Dávila was found guilty Jan. 16. State prosecution requested a sentence of eight years in prison;... Read more

Bishop Rolando Álvarez of Matagalpa, Nicaragua.

Exiled priest says bishop on trial in Nicaragua created secret human rights office

Jan 30, 2023

By CNA Staff

Father Uriel Vallejos recounted how the Bishop Rolando Álvarez opened the office to help those persecuted after anti-government protests in... Read more

Bishop Rolando Álvarez.

Prosecution accused of fabricating witnesses for trial of Nicaraguan bishop

Jan 23, 2023

By CNA Staff

An exiled priest and a human rights defender charge that the dictatorship of President Daniel Ortega is manipulating and “fabricating”... Read more

Father Oscar Benavidez was found guilty of two crimes on Jan. 16, 2023.

Meet the priest the Nicaraguan dictatorship wants to put away for eight years

Jan 21, 2023

By CNA Staff

Father Oscar Benavidez was found guilty of two crimes at a Jan. 16 trial riddled with irregularities and consisting of... Read more

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Four Latin American countries among the top 50 most dangerous in the world for Christians

Jan 19, 2023

By CNA Staff

According to the study, Colombia is the most dangerous country for Christians in the Americas and ranks 22nd worldwide. Read more

Unidentified individuals on Jan. 15, 2023, desecrated the Blessed Sacrament in Our Lady of the Abandoned Catholic Church in Managua, the capital of Nicaragua.

Blessed Sacrament desecrated in church in Nicaragua

Jan 18, 2023

By CNA Staff

Unidentified individuals on Jan. 15 desecrated the Blessed Sacrament in a Catholic church in Managua, the capital of Nicaragua. Read more

Father Oscar Benavidez.

Nicaraguan priest found guilty, sentenced to eight years in prison for ‘conspiracy’

Jan 17, 2023

By CNA Staff

A judge found Father Oscar Benavidez Dávila guilty of the crimes of “conspiracy to undermine national security and sovereignty” and... Read more

Bishop Rolando Álvarez of Matagalpa, Nicaragua (on the left), during his hearing on Jan. 10, 2023.

Catholic bishop arrested by dictatorship in Nicaragua to be put on trial

Jan 10, 2023

By CNA Staff

Bishop Rolando Álvarez, who has been held under house arrest in Nicaragua since August, will be put on trial, accused... Read more

U.S. President Joe Biden

Biden announces crackdown on illegal immigration ahead of visit to El Paso

Jan 6, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

“Do not just show up at the border. Stay where you are and apply legally from there,” the president said. Read more

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega

Nicaraguan dictator Daniel Ortega: ‘I never had respect for the bishops’

Dec 21, 2022

By CNA Staff

Daniel Ortega once again attacked the Catholic Church, accusing it of “calling for bloodshed,” and said, “I never had respect... Read more

Image of the Immaculate Conception of the Parish of San José de Tipitapa, Nicaragua

Dictatorship in Nicaragua prohibits Immaculate Conception procession

Nov 29, 2022

By CNA Staff

The decision forces San José de Tipitapa parish in the Archdiocese of Managua to hold their celebrations in the parish... Read more

Map of Nicaragua.

Nicaraguan bishops express concern for thousands who are leaving the country

Nov 18, 2022

By CNA Staff

In an Advent message issued Nov. 16, the bishops acknowledged “ the concerns we have about the social, political, and... Read more

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega

Another Catholic priest has been ‘kidnapped’ by Nicaragua’s government, says exiled churchman

Oct 17, 2022

By Eduardo Berdejo

According to a prominent human rights group, Father Enrique Martínez Gamboa is the 11th Catholic priest to be arrested and... Read more

President Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua

Guatemalan cardinal responds to Daniel Ortega’s attack on the Church

Oct 4, 2022

By Walter Sanchez Silva

Cardinal Álvaro Leonel Ramazzini Imeri of Huehuetenango gave a spirited response to Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega, who a few days... Read more

Father Guillermo Blandón

Priest prevented from returning to Nicaragua: It’s ‘not a crime’ to criticize government

Oct 3, 2022

By CNA Staff

Before Father Guillermo Blandón could take the flight from Miami to Nicaragua, he was informed that the Nicaraguan government had... Read more

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Ortega dictatorship expels another religious congregation from Nicaragua

Sep 22, 2022

By CNA Staff

The dictatorship of President Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua has expelled the Religious Sisters of the Cross, thus continuing its attacks... Read more

St. Michael the Archangel

Nicaraguan dictatorship prohibits procession for St. Michael the Archangel and St. Jerome

Sep 19, 2022

By CNA Staff

The dictatorship of President Daniel Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, has prohibited upcoming processions in Masaya. Read more

Bishop José Álvarez Lagos is surrounded by police officers on Aug. 4, 2022. The bishop's detention was cited in a Sept. 13, 2022, U.N. human-rights report.

UN human rights report on Nicaragua cites ‘attacks on Catholic Church’

Sep 15, 2022

By Zelda Caldwell

The United Nations Human Rights Council released a report Sept. 13 that condemned the regime of Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega. Read more