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Dictatorship in Nicaragua accuses Catholic Church of money laundering

May 30, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

The Nicaraguan National Police published a statement May 27 accusing the Catholic Church of various crimes including money laundering. Read more

A tabernacle was desecrated May 24, 2023, at St. Ann Parish in the town of Nindirí in Nicaragua.

Ciborium stolen and Eucharist desecrated in chapel in Nicaragua

May 26, 2023

By David Ramos

During the early hours of May 24, unidentified persons desecrated the chapel of Our Lady of Fatima in the small... Read more


Exiled Nicaraguans: Dissolving university that trained seminarians was ‘hostile action’

May 22, 2023

By David Ramos

On May 18, the Nicaraguan Ministry of the Interior announced the “voluntary dissolution” of the university run by the Archdiocese... Read more

The Trappist Sisters of Nicaragua announced Feb. 27, 2023, that they are leaving Nicaragua for Panama.

Dictatorship in Nicaragua confiscates monastery and arrests 20 people during Holy Week

Apr 13, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

The Trappist sisters of Nicaragua, who left the country in February, reported that the government told the bishop of Juigalpa... Read more

Bishop Rolando Álvarez.

Why did Bishop Alvarez refuse to leave Nicaragua? A former political prisoner explains

Apr 11, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

Félix Maradiaga said he was edified by “seeing the example of a bishop who has given absolutely everything for the... Read more

Danie Ortega.

No let up from Ortega during Holy Week: Priest expelled, traditions banned in Nicaragua

Apr 5, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

The dictatorship of Daniel Ortega hasn’t declared a truce in its persecution of the Catholic Church in Nicaragua, not even... Read more

Bishop Rolando Álvarez.

Whereabouts of imprisoned Nicaraguan bishop are unknown

Mar 8, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

“We know that no one who is in the conditions which the bishop is in can be well,” Nicaraguan lawyer... Read more

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega.

Nicaraguan bishop responds to insults by Daniel Ortega, calling him ‘corrupt and criminal’

Feb 24, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

Silvio Báez, the exiled auxiliary bishop of Managua living in the United States, responded Tuesday to the most recent insults... Read more

Bishop Rolando Álvarez of the Diocese of Matagalpa, Nicaragua.

As Catholics welcome Nicaraguan exiles, leading U.S. bishop calls for restoration of human rights

Feb 21, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

Catholic organizations in the U.S. have quickly mobilized to welcome political exiles from Nicaragua, but more must be done, Archbishop... Read more

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

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

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

Pope John Paul II prays in Managua's cathedral before ending his visit to Nicaragua on Feb. 7, 1996.

St. John Paul II’s ‘dark night’ in Nicaragua

Aug 27, 2022

By CNA Staff

When then Pope John Paul II’s plane landed in Nicaragua on March 4, 1983, the authorities were waiting, including Daniel... Read more