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The Sisters of the Fraternity of the Poor Ones of Jesus Christ

Dictatorship in Nicaragua uses confiscated nuns’ home as migration office

Feb 7, 2024

By Walter Sanchez Silva

The former house of the Sisters of the Fraternity of the Poor Ones of Jesus Christ is in the city... Read more

Daniel Ortega.

Despite persecution, ‘the Church is still alive in Nicaragua,’ priest says

Jan 30, 2024

By Almudena Martínez-Bordiú

Despite being persecuted by Daniel Ortega’s regime for years, “the Church is still alive in Nicaragua,” a priest from the... Read more

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Dictatorship in Nicaragua expels three priests; exiled bishop meets with Pope Francis

Jan 22, 2024

By Walter Sanchez Silva

Researcher Martha Patricia Molina reported that the dictatorship of President Daniel Ortega expelled from Nicaragua three priests from the same... Read more

Daniel Ortega.

Dictatorship in Nicaragua cancels legal personhood of 10 Catholic and evangelical NGOs

Jan 19, 2024

By Walter Sanchez Silva

The measure affects 16 nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), 10 of which are Catholic and evangelical institutions. Read more

Auxiliary Bishop Silvio Báez, at right in the background, and Father Edwing Román, foreground center, both of the Archdiocese of Managua in Nicaragua, process into St. Vincent de Paul Church in Exposition Park in Los Angeles for Mass on Jan. 6, 2024.

Hundreds pack Los Angeles church as exiled bishop, priest speak against Nicaragua regime

Jan 14, 2024

By Theresa Cisneros

Auxiliary Bishop Silvio Báez of Managua and Father Edwing Román came to L.A. days after authorities there arrested several priests. Read more

Nicaraguan Bishop Rolando Álvarez.

Report: Over 130 Catholic priests and religious arrested, kidnapped, or murdered in 2023

Jan 10, 2024

By Tyler Arnold

Throughout 2023, more than 130 Catholic priests and religious were either arrested, kidnapped, or murdered, according to a new report. Read more

Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes, the archbishop of Managua, Nicaragua, on Jan. 6, 2024, ordained nine new priests in the midst of one of the worst waves of persecution against the Catholic Church in the country.

Ordination of 9 new priests represents hope for Church in Nicaragua

Jan 9, 2024

By Andrés Henríquez

Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes of Managua, Nicaragua, on Saturday ordained nine new priests in the midst of one of the worst... Read more

Bishop Isidoro del Carmen Mora Ortega of Siuna, Nicaragua.

UN calls on Nicaragua to disclose where it is holding abducted Bishop Isidoro Mora

Jan 8, 2024

By Eduardo Berdejo

“We urge the government of Nicaragua to urgently report the whereabouts of Bishop Mora, a victim of forced disappearance for... Read more

A doctor carries out a medical examination of Bishop Rolando Álvarez  on Jan. 2, 2024.

Dictatorship in Nicaragua posts photos of Bishop Álvarez after U.S. calls for his release

Jan 3, 2024

By Diego Lopez Marina

The dictatorship on Jan. 2 released recent images of the Bishop Rolando Álvarez shortly after the United States government demanded... Read more

Cathedral of Managua, Nicaragua.

UPDATE: 4 priests arrested in 2 days by Nicaraguan dictatorship

Dec 29, 2023

By Andrés Henríquez

“We can denote this last year as the year with the most attacks against the Catholic Church in the recent... Read more

Mnsgr. Isidoro del Carmen Mora Ortega is bishop of the Diocese of Siuna, Nicaragua.

Second bishop detained by the dictatorship in Nicaragua

Dec 21, 2023

By Diego Lopez Marina

The Nicaraguan police arrested on Dec. 20 the bishop of Siuna, Isidoro del Carmen Mora Ortega. Read more

Pope Francis and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida.

Sen. Marco Rubio asks Pope Francis to call for release of bishop imprisoned in Nicaragua

Dec 15, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

In a Dec. 13 letter to Pope Francis, Rubio asked the pontiff to intercede on behalf of the 57-year-old bishop... Read more

Bishop Rolando Álvarez of Matagalpa, Nicaragua.

Witnesses testify to torture by Nicaraguan dictatorship at hearing on imprisoned Catholic bishop 

Dec 1, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

Among the witnesses testifying at the hearing titled “An Urgent Appeal to Let Bishop Álvarez Go” were several Nicaraguan exiles.  Read more

Some photographs of Nicaraguan Bishop Rolando Álvarez disseminated by the dictatorship of Nicaragua in November 2023.

Nicaraguan dictatorship releases new photos, video of imprisoned Bishop Álvarez

Nov 30, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

In response to demands for proof that Bishop Rolando Álvarez is still alive, Nicaraguan officials released new images of the... Read more

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Dictatorship in Nicaragua cancels registration of 25 institutions including the Franciscans

Oct 27, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

The Minister of the Interior said the liquid and fixed assets of 17 of the organizations will now be turned... Read more

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Nicaragua claims that it freed 12 priests after an agreement with the Vatican

Oct 19, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

The Ortega regime announced Oct. 18 that the release of the priests took place “after fruitful conversations with the Holy... Read more

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Eight priests under house arrest in Nicaragua reportedly transferred to El Chipote prison

Oct 17, 2023

By Diego Lopez Marina

The independent Nicaraguan media La Prensa, El Confidencial confirmed the transfer through sources close to the Nicaraguan Bishops’ Conference. Read more

Father Yesner Cipriano Pineda Meneses (left) and Father Ramón Esteban Angulo Reyes (right), were arrested in Nicaragua the weekend of Oct. 7-8, 2023.

Two more priests arrested by Ortega dictatorship in Nicaragua

Oct 10, 2023

By Diego Lopez Marina

The arrest of two more Catholic priests in Nicaragua brings the total to six priests arrested in just eight days... Read more

(From left to right) Father Julio Ricardo Norori, Father Iván Centeno, and Father Cristóbal Gadea were arrested Oct. 1, 2023, by the Nicaraguan government.

Dictatorship in Nicaragua arrests three priests

Oct 3, 2023

By Diego Lopez Marina

The reasons behind the arrest of the priests still remain unknown. Read more

Nicaraguan Bishop Rolando Álvarez.

Legal group pleads for imprisoned Bishop Álvarez's rights before human rights commission

Sep 15, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Nicaraguan Bishop Rolando Álvarez is serving a prison sentence under the regime of President Daniel Ortega for criticizing the dictatorship. Read more