- Jul 23, 2021
ROME – Ever a region in turmoil, Latin America this week saw violent protests in Cuba, seems on the brink of violent rioting in Colombia, and heard the Catholic bishops of Nicaragua once again challenge the ruling class by urging politicians to shun personal interests in favor of the common
A Catholic bishop has condemned Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s crackdown on opposition leaders after the authoritarian leader arrested several figures that played a role in the 2018 protests that shook his regime.
As the government of Daniel Ortega continues to crackdown on the opposition ahead of upcoming elections, the Catholic hierarchy is walking a tightrope between being prophetic and survival.
Nicaragua’s bishops have decried a “political, economic and social crisis” in the Central American country as a wave of politically motivated arrests sidelined opposition figures, media members and government critics ahead of the fall elections.
The government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega arrested five opposition leaders during a major weekend round up, in what appears to be widespread detentions of anyone who might challenge his rule.
During her first foreign trip to Latin America as U.S. vice president June 7 and 8, Kamala Harris took on a topic that has long been on the mind of the Catholic Church in the Americas: Alleviating the problems that force Central Americans, in particular, to leave their homelands and take part in a perilous journey north.
As the United States debates sanctions against Nicaragua for the imprisonment of an opposition leader by Daniel Ortega, two of the countries leading Catholic bishops are demanding the regime cease the “exclusion of the adversary.”
Nicaraguan Catholic leaders have decried a series of repressive acts that targeted parties and individuals linked with the opposition ahead of November elections.