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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

Bishop Rolando Jose Álvarez Lagos of Matagalpa is monitored by police, August 2022.

Cardinal Zuppi: Nicaraguan bishop’s arrest ‘a very serious act’

Aug 20, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

A note from the president of the Italian bishops' conference expresses closeness to the bishops of Nicaragua after the arrest... Read more

Bishop Rolando Álvarez of Matagalpa walks with other pilgrims to the Shrine of the Divine Child in July 2022.

Spanish bishops stand in solidarity with Church in Nicaragua, persecuted by Ortega government

Aug 18, 2022

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

At least two Spanish archdioceses have expressed their support for the Church in Nicaragua, which is being persecuted by prsident... Read more

Daniel Ortega celebrates his re-inauguration as president of Nicaragua, Jan. 10, 2012.

Bianca Jagger implores Pope Francis to aid persecuted Catholic Church in Nicaragua

Aug 16, 2022

By Edie Heipel

Human rights activist Bianca Jagger is raising awareness of the Nicaraguan regime’s oppression of the Catholic Church, calling on Pope... Read more

Bishop Rolando Álvarez of Matagalpa, Nicaragua, is monitored by police in early August 2022.

The history behind the persecution of the Catholic Church in Nicaragua

Aug 12, 2022

By Eduardo Berdejo

How did the Central American country come to such a crisis? Read more

Daniel Ortega celebrates his re-inauguration as president of Nicaragua, Jan. 10, 2012.

Central American bishops support Nicaraguan clergy in face of persecution

May 24, 2022

By Diego Lopez Marina

The bishops’ conferences of Costa Rica and Panama expressed their solidarity with the people and Catholic clergy of Nicaragua, who... Read more

Protests in Granada, Nicaragua, April 29, 2018.

Church asks people to vote their conscience in Nicaraguan general election

Oct 25, 2021

By Walter Sanchez Silva

The Nicaraguan bishops’ conference called Thursday on citizens to act freely and to vote according to their conscience as the... Read more

Cardinal Leopoldo José Brenes Solorzano of Managua speaks with ACI Prensa in Rome, June 2018.

Nicaraguan cardinal commemorates attack on Managua cathedral

Feb 3, 2021

The Archbishop of Managua, Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes, celebrated Mass Jan. 31 to commemorate six months since the attack that destroyed... Read more

Daniel Ortega celebrates his re-inauguration as president of Nicaragua, Jan. 10, 2012.

Managua archdiocese urges free elections in Nicaragua

Oct 13, 2020

The Archdiocese of Managua has expressed its concern over new threats to freedom and personal safety in Nicaragua, and urged... Read more

Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes of Managua says Mass before the Blood of Christ chapel of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Aug. 5, 2020.

Nicaraguan cardinal says Mass at entrance of firebombed cathedral chapel

Aug 6, 2020

Cardinal Leopoldo José Brenes Solorzano of Managua said Mass Wednesday at the entrance of the Blood of Christ chapel in... Read more

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In Nicaragua, armed mob raids Catholic church hosting anti-government vigil

Nov 23, 2019

Parishioners holding vigil at a church to pray for detained foes of President Daniel Ortega came under attack from supporters... Read more

Students, friends, and relatives of political prisoners protest in front of a police line at the Universidad Centroamericana in Managua, Nov. 19, 2019.

Opposition activists hold hunger strikes in Nicaraguan churches

Nov 20, 2019

Pro-government forces have ended a siege of the Managua cathedral as mothers holding a hunger strike there were evacuated, though... Read more

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Nicaraguan cardinal calls on OAS to speak with victims of nation's crisis

Jul 9, 2019

The Archbishop of Managua asked Sunday that the Organization of American States dialogue with the victims of Nicaragua's sociopolitical crisis.  Read more

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Nicaraguan cardinal asks prayers that peace be the fruit of justice

Jun 26, 2019

The Archbishop of Managua encouraged the faithful Monday to pray so that peace in Nicaragua be the fruit of justice.  Read more

Edwin Carcache demonstrates demanding the release from prison of other opposition prisoners after his own release in Managua, June 11, 2019.

Nicaraguan cardinal withholds judgement on amnesty law

Jun 12, 2019

The results of a Nicaraguan law granting amnesty to both anti-government activists and security forces will determine whether the legislation... Read more

Daniel Ortega celebrates his re-inauguration as president of Nicaragua, Jan. 10, 2012.

Nicaraguan bishops lament continued suffering under Ortega

May 1, 2019

The Nicaraguan bishops lamented Wednesday that “the Nicaraguan family continues to suffer,” and called for no more “repressive actions and... Read more

Pope Francis greets Bishop Silvio Jose Baez Ortega, Auxiliary Bishop of Managua, at the Vatican during the Nicaraguan bishops' ad limina, Sept. 16, 2017.

Nicaraguan bishop to go to Rome amid security concerns

Apr 12, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis has asked Auxiliary Bishop Silvio José Báez Ortega of Managua to serve the Church in Rome for a... Read more

Catholic prelates and current and former Nicaraguan government officials deliver a press conference on the National Dialogue in Managua, Feb. 27, 2019.

Nicaraguan bishops not mediating latest round of peace talks

Mar 5, 2019

The Nicaraguan bishops said Monday they have not been invited to mediate in the renewed dialogue between the government of... Read more

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Bishops ask for prayers for start of talks in Nicaragua

Feb 28, 2019

The bishops of Nicaragua have asked the faithful to pray for the dialogue begun Wednesday between the government of President... Read more

Protests against the government of Daniel Ortega in Granada, Nicaragua, April 2018.

Former Latin American leaders criticize pope's comments on Nicaragua, Venezuela

Jan 10, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Twenty former heads of state and government from Latin America have written a letter to Pope Francis finding fault with... Read more