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Latin American bishops announce day of prayer for Nicaragua

Jul 19, 2018

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

Jul 16, 2018

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

Paramilitaries surround San Sebastian Basilica in Diriamba, Nicaragua, July 9, 2018.

Bishops attacked by pro-government mob at basilica in Nicaragua

Jul 10, 2018

A group of bishops in Nicaragua who went Monday to free a group of protesters who had taken refuge in... Read more

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

Cardinal Brenes: Peace in Nicaragua will come through dialogue, early elections

Jul 3, 2018

Cardinal Leopoldo José Brenes Solorzano of Managua believes the two month-long open conflict in Nicaragua will come to an end... Read more

Matagalpa, Nicaragua.

Masked, armed men attack chancery in Nicaragua

Jun 28, 2018

The pastoral center of the Diocese of Matagalpa in central Nicaragua, whose bishop is currently in Rome to inform the... Read more

The funeral of 15-month-old Teiler Lorio, who died during an attack by riot police and members of the Sandinista Youth in Managua, June 23, 2018.

In Rome, Nicaraguan bishops will inform pope of worsening crisis

Jun 27, 2018

As the situation in Nicaragua continues to deteriorate, two of the country's bishops are travelling to Rome, where they will... Read more

An anti-government demonstrator holds a sign in Managua, June 17, 2018, after a family died when their house was burnt on Saturday.

Ceasefire reached in Nicaragua crisis as Church-mediated talks resume

Jun 18, 2018

The Nicaraguan government and opposition groups agreed Friday to a truce during talks mediated by the Nicaraguan bishops, after nearly... Read more

Nicaraguans living in Costra Rica demonstrate June 10, 2018 in solidarity with those arrested and killed in protests against President Ortega.

Church leaders in Nicaragua appeal for unity, peace as crisis continues

Jun 11, 2018

As unrest centered on protests of president Daniel Ortega continues unabated in Nicaragua, bishops in the country are calling for... Read more

Pope Francis before leading the Regina Coeli in St. Peter's Square April 30, 2017.

Pope Francis calls for dialogue amid continued violence in Nicaragua

Jun 3, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

In off-the-cuff comments after the Angelus Sunday, Pope Francis denounced violence against protestors by armed groups in Nicaragua and prayed... Read more

The flag of Nicaragua.

Priest condemns latest attack on Jesuit university in Nicaragua as 'cowardly'

May 31, 2018

By Mary Farrow

A mortar attack on a Jesuit university in Nicaragua last weekend resulted in no deaths or injuries, and has been... Read more

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

Bishops urge Nicaraguan president to investigate violence against protestors

May 24, 2018

Nicaragua's bishops urged president Daniel Ortega Tuesday to comply with a recommendation that he investigate April's violence in order to... Read more

Protests in Granada, Nicaragua, April 29, 2018.

Church-mediated dialogue to overcome Nicaraguan crisis begins

May 16, 2018

Talks to overcome several weeks of anti-government protests and riots in Nicaragua which have been met harshly by security forces... Read more

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

Dictatorship the underlying problem in Nicaragua riots, priest says

Apr 24, 2018

By Elise Harris, Hannah Brockhaus

As violent clashes continue between security forces and anti-government protestors in Nicaragua, an eye witness has said the country's underlying... Read more