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(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

Bishop Rolando Álvarez.

Dictatorship in Nicaragua arrests priest who prayed for imprisoned Bishop Álvarez

Sep 11, 2023

By Eduardo Berdejo

In a message sent to ACI Prensa, lawyer Martha Patricia Molina stated that the priest “was kidnapped by the Sandinista... Read more

Nicaraguan opposition peasant leader Medardo Mairena speaks during a press conference at the Permanent Commission of Human Rights (CPDH) in Managua on Aug. 14, 2019.

Nicaraguan ‘campesino’ leader who refused to falsely accuse bishops shares his testimony

Sep 7, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

Medardo Mairena Sequeira said Daniel Ortega “has become entrenched in power and anyone who makes waves ... can immediately be... Read more

Facade of the Central American University (UCA), before being expropriated by the Ortega dictatorship.

Latin American Catholic college organization condemns seizure of Nicaraguan Jesuit university

Aug 28, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

The organization expressed its “deep concern over the siege, the confiscation of assets, and the closure suffered by the Central... Read more

Bishop Rolando Álvarez of Matagalpa, Nicaragua.

6 things you should know about the persecution of the Catholic Church in Nicaragua

Aug 27, 2023

By Eduardo Berdejo

The Ortega dictatorship has not hesitated to expel nuns, shut down Catholic media outlets, take over ecclesiastical institutions and buildings,... Read more

Daniel Ortega.

Nicaragua dictatorship revokes legal status of the Jesuits, confiscates all their assets

Aug 24, 2023

By Diego Lopez Marina

The move by the dictatorship takes place amid a growing wave of harassment against the religious order. Read more

(Left) A stamp printed in Nicaragua shows the face of Casimiro Sotelo Montenegro. (right) Letters from the Central American University.

Nicaragua’s dictatorship renames university, evicts 6 Jesuits from adjacent property

Aug 22, 2023

By Diego Lopez Marina

The Jesuits showed the officers proof of the order’s ownership but it made little difference and they were ordered to... Read more

A woman exits the Universidad Centroamericana (Central American University) in Managua on Aug. 16, 2023. The Jesuit Central American University (UCA) of Nicaragua announced the suspension of all its activities after a court ordered the confiscation of its assets and funds after accusing it of being a "center of terrorism."

U.S. State Department hits Nicaraguan officials with visa restrictions

Aug 21, 2023

By Daniel Payne

The U.S. government has responded to the most recent action of the Ortega government, the seizure of the assets of... Read more

The economic sciences building of the Central American University (UCA) in Nicaragua.

Jesuits’ superior general condemns seizure of university by Nicaragua dictatorship

Aug 18, 2023

By Ary Waldir Ramos Díaz

The superior general of the Jesuits denounced the confiscation and expressed his solidarity with the UCA, its directors, and its... Read more

Central American University (UCA) of Nicaragua.

U.S. State Department spokesman condemns seizure of Jesuit university in Nicaragua

Aug 17, 2023

By Diego Lopez Marina, CNA Staff

“The U.S. condemns the regime’s ongoing repression of religious figures and institutions,” Principal Deputy Spokesperson Vedant Patel said. Read more

Cardinal Manuel Clemente, the patriarch of Lisbon, was the main celebrant for the Tuesday evening outdoor opening Mass for World Youth Day held at Eduardo VII Park on Aug. 1, 2023.

Dictatorship in Nicaragua blocks two priests who attended WYD from returning to the country

Aug 14, 2023

By Eduardo Berdejo

The dictatorship of Daniel Ortega reportedly prohibited two priests from returning to Nicaragua from Lisbon, Portugal, where they participated in... Read more

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, Diocese of Estelí, Nicaragua.

Ortega dictatorship in Nicaragua freezes bank accounts, assets of Jesuit university

Aug 14, 2023

By Diego Lopez Marina

Auxiliary bishop of Managua, Nicaragua, Silvio Báez, condemned the latest aggression by the government on Aug. 10 on his X... Read more

Bishop Rolando Álvarez of the Diocese of Matagalpa, Nicaragua.

Is Nicaragua’s Bishop Álvarez still alive? A U.S. congressman demands proof

Aug 11, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

“I call on President Ortega to provide proof to the international community that Bishop Álvarez is still alive,” said Rep.... Read more

Missionaries of Charity leave Nicaragua on July 6, 2022.

Nicaraguan lawyer: 65 women religious have been expelled from the country since 2022

Jul 31, 2023

By Diego Lopez Marina

According to Martha Patricia Molina, a total of 10 religious congregations in the country have been affected. Read more

Bishop Rolando Álvarez.

Honduran bishop: Although Bishop Álvarez is in prison, he won’t be silent

Jul 26, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

“He’s not going to be silent. He is not a man to stay silent. ... [He wants to] return to... Read more


Dictatorship in Nicaragua freezes fund for retired priests

Jul 25, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

A Nicaraguan lawyer and researcher reported that elderly priests are not receiving their pensions from the national insurance funds for... Read more

Bishop Rolando Álvarez.

U.S. State Department official calls for release of imprisoned bishop, priest in Nicaragua

Jul 17, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

The U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs has called for the release of Father Fernando Zamora Silva... Read more

Nicaraguan Bishop Rolando Álvarez.

Catholic Church is most credible institution in Nicaragua, CID Gallup poll finds

Jul 12, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

The survey indicated that 48% consider the Catholic Church to be the most credible institution, while the Ortega presidency has... Read more

Father Fernando Zamora Silva.

5 years after massacre, Nicaragua dictatorship arrests priest, blocks return of another

Jul 11, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

On Sunday, July 9, Father Fernando Zamora Silva was reportedly “arbitrarily arrested” in the city of Managua where he was... Read more