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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

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

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

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

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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

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

Félix Maradiaga, a former presidential candidate in Nicaragua and president of the Foundation for the Freedom of Nicaragua, in June 2021.

Exiled Nicaraguan opposition leader to help make criminal case against Daniel Ortega

Aug 30, 2023

By Julieta Villar

Félix Maradiaga’s visit is part of a strategy to consolidate international pressure against the Sandinista dictatorship in Nicaragua. 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

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

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

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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

The flags of the Sandinista dictatorship in front of the Matagalpa Cathedral.

Nicaraguan dictatorship places Sandinista flags in front of cathedral of imprisoned bishop

Jun 27, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

“Obviously, this is one more provocation from the Sandinista dictatorship against the Nicaraguan Catholic Church,” a Nicaraguan researcher said. Read more