- Jan 25, 2021
Father Raul Zamora, who serves as parish priest at Divine Mercy parish in Nicaragua, speaks about his decision to take in 150 university students after paramilitary opened fire on their protest earlier this month – and how prayer sustained them through the more than 15 hours of gunfire that followed.
Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega said he will not move up elections despite street protests that have seen more than 300 deaths in the past three months, but is open to continuing a dialogue mediated by the Catholic Church.
President Daniel Ortega used Thursday’s 39th anniversary of the 1979 revolution against dictator Anastasio Somoza to celebrate strengthening his grip on power after three months of anti-government protests and to attack Nicaragua’s Catholic Church as allies of “coup mongers.”
Masked supporters of Nicaragua’s government attacked a group of Catholic priests led by Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes on Monday as they arrived to help anti-government protesters trapped inside a church.
Even as the heart-wrenching scenes of families being separated at the border captures headlines — a policy suspended by the U.S. government — migrants continue abandoning Central America, where they flee violence, poverty and, increasingly, farms afflicted by the consequences of climate change.
As the situation in Nicaragua continues to deteriorate, two of the country’s bishops are travelling to Rome, where they will brief Pope Francis on the state of affairs in their nation.