- Jun 20, 2021
The Catholic Church finds itself in the middle of Nicaragua’s government and protesters.
MANAGUA, Nicaragua – For the past five months, Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes has seemed an unwilling leader in the Church’s attempts to help the country regain peace after a civil uprising that began on April 18 leaving hundreds dead and an even greater number imprisoned or “disappeared.” Despite the hardships he’s
The rest of the Catholic world hasn’t come to a stop amid the latest Vatican drama, including new twists in Chile’s abuse crisis, reaction to mounting arrests in Nicaragua, and church/state talks in Argentina.
In Nicaragua, local bishops and the pope’s envoy try to free students and priests in a parish under siege by forces loyal to President Daniel Ortega.
Nicaragua has launched a crackdown on the Catholic Church in the country which is trying to broker peace between government forces and protesters.
Protests against President Daniel Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, have grown to the point where people are asking for their resignations after 11 consecutive years in power.
Talks between President Daniel Ortega’s administration and opposition and civic groups on resolving weeks of deadly unrest broke down Wednesday after government opponents demanded earlier elections and changes in electoral laws.
Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega said that he and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, would attend Church-sponsored talks Wednesday.