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Father Oscar Benavidez.

Dictatorship in Nicaragua sentences priest critical of the regime to 10 years in prison

Feb 6, 2023

By CNA Staff

Father Óscar Danilo Benavidez Dávila was found guilty Jan. 16. State prosecution requested a sentence of eight years in prison;... Read more

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

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

Father Oscar Benavidez was found guilty of two crimes on Jan. 16, 2023.

Meet the priest the Nicaraguan dictatorship wants to put away for eight years

Jan 21, 2023

By CNA Staff

Father Oscar Benavidez was found guilty of two crimes at a Jan. 16 trial riddled with irregularities and consisting of... Read more

Father Oscar Benavidez.

Nicaraguan priest found guilty, sentenced to eight years in prison for ‘conspiracy’

Jan 17, 2023

By CNA Staff

A judge found Father Oscar Benavidez Dávila guilty of the crimes of “conspiracy to undermine national security and sovereignty” and... Read more

Bishop Rolando Álvarez of Matagalpa, Nicaragua (on the left), during his hearing on Jan. 10, 2023.

Catholic bishop arrested by dictatorship in Nicaragua to be put on trial

Jan 10, 2023

By CNA Staff

Bishop Rolando Álvarez, who has been held under house arrest in Nicaragua since August, will be put on trial, accused... 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

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega

Nicaraguan dictator Daniel Ortega: ‘I never had respect for the bishops’

Dec 21, 2022

By CNA Staff

Daniel Ortega once again attacked the Catholic Church, accusing it of “calling for bloodshed,” and said, “I never had respect... Read more

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

Ortega seeking to ‘destroy the Catholic Church in Nicaragua,’ advocates tell Congress 

Dec 15, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

Human rights experts decried the ongoing repression of the Church by Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and urged additional U.S. action... Read more

Bishop Rolando José Álvarez of the Diocese of Matagalpa, Nicaragua, was placed under house arrest by the police of Daniel Ortega's regime in early August 2022.

Nicaragua forces Catholic bishop to stay under house arrest

Dec 14, 2022

By Katie Yoder

The court charged Bishop Rolando Álvarez of Matagalpa with “conspiracy,” “spreading false news, and “damaging the Nicaraguan government and society.”  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

Map of Nicaragua.

Nicaraguan bishops express concern for thousands who are leaving the country

Nov 18, 2022

By CNA Staff

In an Advent message issued Nov. 16, the bishops acknowledged “ the concerns we have about the social, political, and... 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

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

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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

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

Bishop José Álvarez Lagos is surrounded by police officers on Aug. 4, 2022. The bishop's detention was cited in a Sept. 13, 2022, U.N. human-rights report.

UN human rights report on Nicaragua cites ‘attacks on Catholic Church’

Sep 15, 2022

By Zelda Caldwell

The United Nations Human Rights Council released a report Sept. 13 that condemned the regime of Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega. Read more

Archbishop Waldemar Stanislaw Sommertag was assigned as apostolic nuncio in Senegal, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, and Mauritania in Africa on Sept. 6, 2022.

Vatican sends papal nuncio expelled by Nicaragua to Africa

Sep 6, 2022

By CNA Staff

Archbishop Waldemar Stanislaw Sommertag will be the apostolic nuncio in Senegal, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, and Mauritania. Read more