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The Sisters of the Fraternity of the Poor Ones of Jesus Christ

Dictatorship in Nicaragua uses confiscated nuns’ home as migration office

Feb 7, 2024

By Walter Sanchez Silva

The former house of the Sisters of the Fraternity of the Poor Ones of Jesus Christ is in the city... Read more

View of a recreation of an El Chipote prison cell during a photography exhibition of the victims of state repression in Nicaragua and their families, at the Hall of Former Presidents of the Costa Rican Congress in San Jose, on Nov. 5, 2021.

‘Insulted, beaten, imprisoned’ Nicaraguan priest details persecution

Jan 31, 2024

By Tyler Arnold

“If I’m here, it’s not because I wanted to fly to Washington to enjoy three days off with paid travel,”... Read more

Daniel Ortega.

Despite persecution, ‘the Church is still alive in Nicaragua,’ priest says

Jan 30, 2024

By Almudena Martínez-Bordiú

Despite being persecuted by Daniel Ortega’s regime for years, “the Church is still alive in Nicaragua,” a priest from the... Read more

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Dictatorship in Nicaragua expels three priests; exiled bishop meets with Pope Francis

Jan 22, 2024

By Walter Sanchez Silva

Researcher Martha Patricia Molina reported that the dictatorship of President Daniel Ortega expelled from Nicaragua three priests from the same... Read more

Daniel Ortega.

Dictatorship in Nicaragua cancels legal personhood of 10 Catholic and evangelical NGOs

Jan 19, 2024

By Walter Sanchez Silva

The measure affects 16 nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), 10 of which are Catholic and evangelical institutions. Read more

Bishop Rolando Álvarez of Matalgalpa, Nicaragua.

Nicaraguan dictatorship releases Bishop Álvarez, brother bishop, and priests

Jan 14, 2024

By David Ramos

The dictatorship of Daniel Ortega on Sunday released and sent to the Vatican two imprisoned Nicaraguan bishops along with 15... Read more

Nicaraguan Bishop Rolando Álvarez.

Report: Over 130 Catholic priests and religious arrested, kidnapped, or murdered in 2023

Jan 10, 2024

By Tyler Arnold

Throughout 2023, more than 130 Catholic priests and religious were either arrested, kidnapped, or murdered, according to a new report. Read more

Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes, the archbishop of Managua, Nicaragua, on Jan. 6, 2024, ordained nine new priests in the midst of one of the worst waves of persecution against the Catholic Church in the country.

Ordination of 9 new priests represents hope for Church in Nicaragua

Jan 9, 2024

By Andrés Henríquez

Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes of Managua, Nicaragua, on Saturday ordained nine new priests in the midst of one of the worst... Read more

Bishop Isidoro del Carmen Mora Ortega of Siuna, Nicaragua.

UN calls on Nicaragua to disclose where it is holding abducted Bishop Isidoro Mora

Jan 8, 2024

By Eduardo Berdejo

“We urge the government of Nicaragua to urgently report the whereabouts of Bishop Mora, a victim of forced disappearance for... Read more

A doctor carries out a medical examination of Bishop Rolando Álvarez  on Jan. 2, 2024.

Dictatorship in Nicaragua posts photos of Bishop Álvarez after U.S. calls for his release

Jan 3, 2024

By Diego Lopez Marina

The dictatorship on Jan. 2 released recent images of the Bishop Rolando Álvarez shortly after the United States government demanded... Read more

Daniel Ortega/Bishop Silvio Báez.

Dictatorship in Nicaragua closes out 2023 with 2 bishops and 15 priests in custody

Jan 2, 2024

By David Ramos

Managua’s auxiliary bishop, Silvio José Báez, denounced the regime’s “relentless and abiding hatred of the Church.” Read more

A screen grab from a video shared with ACI Africa that shows the parish house at St. Raphael Fadan Kamantan Catholic Church of the Diocese of Kafanchan in flames Sept. 7, 2023.

Here’s where Christians continued to face persecution in 2023

Dec 30, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

Christians have been persecuted by adversarial groups since the time of the apostles, and in varied parts of the world... Read more

Cathedral of Managua, Nicaragua.

UPDATE: 4 priests arrested in 2 days by Nicaraguan dictatorship

Dec 29, 2023

By Andrés Henríquez

“We can denote this last year as the year with the most attacks against the Catholic Church in the recent... Read more

Mnsgr. Isidoro del Carmen Mora Ortega is bishop of the Diocese of Siuna, Nicaragua.

Second bishop detained by the dictatorship in Nicaragua

Dec 21, 2023

By Diego Lopez Marina

The Nicaraguan police arrested on Dec. 20 the bishop of Siuna, Isidoro del Carmen Mora Ortega. Read more

Bishop Rolando Álvarez of Matagalpa, Nicaragua.

Witnesses testify to torture by Nicaraguan dictatorship at hearing on imprisoned Catholic bishop 

Dec 1, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

Among the witnesses testifying at the hearing titled “An Urgent Appeal to Let Bishop Álvarez Go” were several Nicaraguan exiles.  Read more

Some photographs of Nicaraguan Bishop Rolando Álvarez disseminated by the dictatorship of Nicaragua in November 2023.

Nicaraguan dictatorship releases new photos, video of imprisoned Bishop Álvarez

Nov 30, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

In response to demands for proof that Bishop Rolando Álvarez is still alive, Nicaraguan officials released new images of the... Read more

Bishop Rolando Álvarez of Matalgalpa, Nicaragua.

Nicaraguan human rights advocate asks British Parliament to help release Bishop Álvarez

Nov 17, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

Former Nicaraguan presidential candidate Félix Maradiaga recently visited the British Parliament and asked for support in freeing Nicaragua’s political prisoners. Read more

Auxiliary Bishop Silvio Báez of Managua, Nicaragua.

Nicaraguan bishop: Dictators say they love God while they believe they are gods

Nov 1, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

Exiled auxiliary bishop Silvio Báez said that “the dictators say they love God, while they themselves take his place believing... Read more

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Dictatorship in Nicaragua cancels registration of 25 institutions including the Franciscans

Oct 27, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

The Minister of the Interior said the liquid and fixed assets of 17 of the organizations will now be turned... Read more

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Eight priests under house arrest in Nicaragua reportedly transferred to El Chipote prison

Oct 17, 2023

By Diego Lopez Marina

The independent Nicaraguan media La Prensa, El Confidencial confirmed the transfer through sources close to the Nicaraguan Bishops’ Conference. Read more