- Mar 29, 2020
Ernesto Cardenal, the renowned poet and Catholic cleric who became a symbol of revolutionary verse in Nicaragua and around Latin America, and whose suspension from the priesthood by St. John Paul II lasted over three decades, died Sunday. He was 95.
Several Latin American countries continue to grapple with the ripple effects of social revolts and violence, leading the local bishops to speak up, and even form unusual alliances.
Jesuit provincials have demanded that Nicaraguan authorities end a “campaign of slander and aggressions” against the Jesuit-run Central American University in Managua and its rector, Jesuit Father Jose Alberto Idiaquez, “as well as other institutions and people linked to the Society of Jesus in Nicaragua.”
Crux takes a look at Church headlines from around Latin America.
Christmas is a season of celebration. Yet in Latin America, many Christmas messages from the bishops have turned into a cry for freedom and political stability, and a call to help the poor.
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.