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Dictatorship in Nicaragua accuses Catholic Church of money laundering

May 30, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

The Nicaraguan National Police published a statement May 27 accusing the Catholic Church of various crimes including money laundering. Read more

A tabernacle was desecrated May 24, 2023, at St. Ann Parish in the town of Nindirí in Nicaragua.

Ciborium stolen and Eucharist desecrated in chapel in Nicaragua

May 26, 2023

By David Ramos

During the early hours of May 24, unidentified persons desecrated the chapel of Our Lady of Fatima in the small... Read more


Exiled Nicaraguans: Dissolving university that trained seminarians was ‘hostile action’

May 22, 2023

By David Ramos

On May 18, the Nicaraguan Ministry of the Interior announced the “voluntary dissolution” of the university run by the Archdiocese... Read more

Universidad Católica Inmaculada Concepción of the Archdiocese of Managua (UCICAM).

Nicaragua dictatorship announces ‘voluntary dissolution’ of university forming seminarians

May 18, 2023

By Diego Lopez Marina

The Immaculate Conception Catholic University of the Archdiocese of Managua was a formation center for seminarians from the Nicaraguan capital. Read more


In 5 years the Church in Nicaragua has suffered more than 500 attacks, 90 in 2023 alone

May 4, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

Researcher and lawyer Martha Patricia Molina on May 3 presented the third installment of her report “Nicaragua: A Persecuted Church?” Read more

Bishop José Álvarez Lagos surrounded by police officers on Aug. 4, 2022.

Nicaragua regime’s harassment of Catholics demands a response, US bishops say

Apr 21, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

During Holy Week, the police arrested at least 15 Nicaraguans who were mostly faithful Catholics and critics of the regime. Read more

Daniel Ortega / Bishop Silvio Báez.

Exiled Nicaraguan bishop says Ortega’s attacks are ‘a sign of desperation’

Apr 18, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

Auxiliary Bishop Silvio Báez of Managua, Nicaragua responded to new verbal attacks of the country's bishops by Nicaraguan dictator Daniel... Read more

The dictatorship of President Daniel Ortega on April 13, 2023, expelled from Nicaragua three nuns who were running a home for the elderly.

Dictatorship in Nicaragua expels three nuns who were serving the elderly

Apr 14, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

In a new attack against the Catholic Church, the dictatorship of President Daniel Ortega expelled three nuns from Nicaragua. Read more

The Trappist Sisters of Nicaragua announced Feb. 27, 2023, that they are leaving Nicaragua for Panama.

Dictatorship in Nicaragua confiscates monastery and arrests 20 people during Holy Week

Apr 13, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

The Trappist sisters of Nicaragua, who left the country in February, reported that the government told the bishop of Juigalpa... Read more

Bishop Rolando Álvarez.

Why did Bishop Alvarez refuse to leave Nicaragua? A former political prisoner explains

Apr 11, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

Félix Maradiaga said he was edified by “seeing the example of a bishop who has given absolutely everything for the... Read more


Abandoned at the border: Priest tells how he was expelled from Nicaragua during Holy Week

Apr 11, 2023

By Diego Lopez Marina

Father Donaciano Alarcón described how the authorities leveled unfounded accusations against him, took him to the border with Honduras, and... Read more


Journalist in Nicaragua arrested for reporting on Holy Week

Apr 10, 2023

By Diego Lopez Marina

Organizations defending freedom of the press in Nicaragua are demanding the release of Víctor Ticay, a Nicaraguan journalist who was... Read more

Danie Ortega.

No let up from Ortega during Holy Week: Priest expelled, traditions banned in Nicaragua

Apr 5, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

The dictatorship of Daniel Ortega hasn’t declared a truce in its persecution of the Catholic Church in Nicaragua, not even... Read more

Bishop Rolando Álvarez of Matagalpa, Nicaragua.

Nicaraguans respond to ‘staged’ prison interview with Bishop Álvarez

Mar 28, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

El 19 Digital released photos and a video of Bishop Rolando Álvarez, who was visited by a brother and sister... Read more

Bishop Rolando Álvarez in "La Modelo" prison, March 25, 2023.

Imprisoned Nicaraguan Bishop Álvarez appears in video posted by dictatorship

Mar 27, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

El 19 Digital posted a video of Bishop Rolando Álvarez, sentenced to 26 years in prison, in which he shares... Read more

The Vatican flag and the dome of St. Peter's Basilica.

The last diplomat from the Vatican leaves Nicaragua

Mar 20, 2023

By Eduardo Berdejo

The chargé d'affaires of the Apostolic Nunciature in Nicaragua, Monsignor Marcel Diouf, left the Central American country March 17. Read more

The faithful in Nicaragua participate in a pilgrimage in support of the bishops, July 28, 2018.

Report: Nicaragua to close Vatican embassy in Managua, Nicaraguan embassy to Holy See

Mar 13, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The request to close the two embassies follows just days after Pope Francis likened Nicaragua’s Sandinista government to Nazi Germany. Read more

Pope Francis prays in St. Peter's Square on March 8, 2023.

Pope Francis says imprisonment of Nicaraguan bishop reminds him of Hitler’s dictatorship

Mar 10, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis also speaks about Russia's “imperial” agenda, his thoughts on retirement, and Benedict XVI's funeral in a new round... Read more

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega speaks to supporters during a rally in Managua, on Sept. 5, 2018.

United Nations equates Sandinista Nicaragua with Nazism

Mar 10, 2023

By Martin Barillas

Amid ongoing reports of oppression of the Catholic Church and the Nicaraguan people under the regime of President Daniel Ortega,... Read more

President Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua

Ortega shuts down Catholic aid organization Caritas Nicaragua

Mar 9, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

The charity provided food for the country’s poorest people, donations of crutches and prostheses, delivered medicines at low cost, among... Read more