- May 6, 2021
The Catholic bishops of Nicaragua are calling for a peaceful 2021, when presidential elections are set to be held.
Nicaragua’s bishops are urging prayers for peace after the regime’s latest salvo in its war against the Catholic Church. The government of Daniel Ortega is cancelling the visas of foreign priests and closing Church formation centers.
According to the United States’ Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), the persecution of Christians, particularly the Catholic Church, is on the rise in Nicaragua, where the government of President Daniel Ortega has accused the local bishops of staging a coup to bring him down.
Since a social uprising began in Nicaragua in May of last year, the government of President Daniel Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, has called the local bishops coup organizers, and even locked priests and the faithful in their parish churches.
Negotiations broke down again on Monday in Nicaragua, after the opposition walked away from the table, in part because of the arrest of several protesters on Saturday.
A senior advisor to the U.S. State Department is calling on the Catholic bishops of Nicaragua to find a way to once again play a part in the ongoing talks to help the Central American country find a way out of its current political and economic crisis.
In 2018, major Catholic stories, or major local events where the Church played a key role came from everywhere in the region.
The Auxiliary Bishop of Managua, Silvio José Báez, has criticized the shut down of the 100% Noticias television channel and the arrest of its owner, Miguel Mora, and press chief Lucía Pineda Ubau.