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

Managua archdiocese urges free elections in Nicaragua

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bishop asks Nicaraguans not to take justice into their own hands

Bishop Silvio José Báez, auxiliary of Managua, Nicaragua, called on people of the country not to take justice into their... 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

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

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

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

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Nicaraguan bishop criticizes arrest of journalists

The Auxiliary Bishop of Managua, Silvio José Báez, has criticized the shut down of the 100% Noticias television channel and... Read more

Protests in Granada, Nicaragua, April 29, 2018.

In Nicaragua, political prisoners pray for a free country

A video circulating in Spanish-language social media shows a group of political prisoners praying the Hail Mary while expressing their... Read more

Relatives and friends of 16-year old Matt Romero attend his burial in Managua, Sept. 24, 2018.

Nicaraguan bishop laments death of teen during anti-government protests

Bishop Rolando José Álvarez Lagos of Matagalpa has called for an end to the deaths in the country occurring during... Read more

Protesters in Managua, on Aug. 18, 2018. 

Nicaragua's political tensions need our prayers, US archbishop says

Americans need to pray for peace in Nicaragua as the country faces continuing political tensions, violence and attacks on churches,... Read more

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Thousands march in support of Nicaraguan bishops

The streets of Nicaragua were filled on July 28 by thousands of demonstrators supporting the country’s bishops and priests after... Read more

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Nicaraguan priest appeals for intervention to prevent massacre of protesters

A Nicaraguan priest has called on the international community to intervene to prevent the massacre of protesters by the country's... Read more

Latin American bishops announce day of prayer for Nicaragua

The Council of Latin American Bishops has expressed solidarity with the people of Nicaragua and declared Sunday, July 22, a... Read more

Friends and relatives bury the body of student Gerald Vasquez, shot dead during clashes with riot police in Divine Mercy church in Managua, Nicaragua, July 16, 2018.

In Nicaragua, paramilitaries attack bishop and besiege church

This weekend, paramilitaries in Nicaragua attacked a car carrying the Bishop of Esteli, and in a separate incident pro-government forces... Read more