- Aug 10, 2020
Managua’s Catholic archbishop celebrated Mass on Wednesday in front of a fire-scorched chapel at the capital’s cathedral and reiterated the church’s assertion that the fire was a “savage and terrorist” act and not an accident as reported by the National Police.
Against the backdrop of deep tensions between Nicaragua’s bishops and the socialist government of President Daniel Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, three Catholic churches in the country have been attacked in the last three weeks, building upon a long-standing pattern of churches being targets.
Despite needing to pack for a Nov. 19-26 trip to Thailand and Japan, Pope Francis is still keeping his eye on his home continent of Latin America.
Conditions set by the opposition Civil Alliance and the Catholic bishops of Nicaragua for resuming talks with the government of President Daniel Ortega include the release of political prisoners, as hundreds of protesters have “disappeared” since the start of the uprising.
Nicaragua’s Catholic bishops are urging the government of President Daniel Ortega to a dialogue with opposition leaders to resolve the country’s political and economic crisis.
In both Brazil and Nicaragua, the Catholic Church faces chronic tensions with their respective governments.