Religious persecution

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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

A woman attends a rally for Mark Houck outside the James A. Byrne United States Courthouse in Philadelphia on Jan. 24, 2023, while holding a sign that says “Justice for Mark Houck!”

Trial of Mark Houck, pro-life advocate, begins with night of prayer

Jan 24, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

A crowd of about 50 supporters gathered in front of the federal courthouse in Philadelphia on Tuesday, one day before... 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


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


Report: Christian persecution at its highest point in 30 years

Jan 18, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The World Watch List, released by Open Doors on Jan. 18, reported that the number of Christians facing persecution worldwide... Read more

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

2022 was the worst year for the Catholic Church in Nicaragua

Dec 29, 2022

By Walter Sanchez Silva

Lawyer and researcher Martha Patricia Molina Montenegro reported that “2022 was the most disastrous year for the Nicaraguan Catholic Church.”  Read more


‘Rising Islamist extremism’  spreading across globe, says report

Dec 1, 2022

By Peter Pinedo

Aid to the Church in Need found that as a result of increased jihadist activity, persecution of Christians along the... 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


Prohibiting Nativity scenes in Mexico would be an ‘attack’ on religious freedom, group says

Nov 3, 2022

By CNA Staff

The National Front for the Family said prohibiting Nativity scenes on public property in Mexico would be “an enormous absurdity.” Read more


ADF calls on human rights commission to defend religious freedom in Mexico and Nicaragua

Nov 1, 2022

By CNA Staff

“Latin America is currently experiencing a surge of human rights abuses in the area of religious freedom,” stated Tomás Henriquez,... 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

Andrew Thorburn (seen here in a 2015 photo), a former Australian banking executive and current chairman of church affiliated with the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne, stepped down Oct. 4, 2022, one day after being appointed chief executive of an Australian rules football club due to public backlash.

Christians excluded from Australian sports? Bishops raise alarm after exec resigns

Oct 7, 2022

By AC Wimmer

One day after being appointed chief executive of an Australian rules football club, Andrew Thorburn stepped down from the role... 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

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega

Nicaraguan dictator Ortega verbally attacks pope, calls Church ‘the perfect dictatorship’

Sep 29, 2022

By CNA Staff

President Daniel Ortega called the pope a “holy tyrant” and said the Church is “the perfect dictatorship” during a Sept.... Read more

Bishop Rolando Álvarez

Church in Nicaragua asks for continued prayers for abducted bishop and priests

Sep 27, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Diocese of Matagalpa asked for prayers for its bishop, Rolando Álvarez, and others who were arrested and abducted in... Read more


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


Blessed Sacrament found intact in tabernacle of church burned by armed men in Cameroon

Sep 22, 2022

By CNA Staff

In the aftermath of the fire that gutted a church in Cameroon, Bishop Aloysius Fondong found the sacred Hosts and... Read more

A proposal to convert the Catholic chapel located in the capitol building where Colombia’s Congress meets into a “neutral place of worship” is “persecution of the Catholic Church,” said Father Raúl Ortiz.

Priest calls attempt to close Colombia Capitol building chapel ‘persecution of the Church’

Sep 20, 2022

By CNA Staff

A congressman has proposed to convert the Catholic chapel located in the capitol building where Colombia’s Congress meets into a... 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

The European Parliament building in Brussels, Belgium.

European Parliament condemns growing repression of Catholic Church in Nicaragua, calls for release of bishop

Sep 16, 2022

By AC Wimmer

The resolution, passed Sept. 15, criticized the arbitrary “arrest of Bishop Rolando Álvarez” and called “for his and others’ immediate... Read more