St. John Paul II, during his first apostolic journey to Nicaragua in 1983, proclaimed:

“The Church is the first one who wants peace.”

In 1979, the Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua began to govern the country after the downfall of the dictatorship of Anastasio “Tachito” Somoza. Since the moment the Sandinista government assumed power, led by President Daniel Ortega and Vice President Rosario Murillo, the Catholic Church in Nicaragua has experienced relentless, violent religious persecution that affects all bishops and clergy.

We advocate for peace

The dictatorial regime, ranging from harassment and intimidation of clergy members to the outright closure and desecration of churches, represent a profound infringement on religious freedom and the faithful’s right to worship. This crackdown not only violates the fundamental principles of human dignity and freedom of religion but also deepens the divide in a nation rich in faith and tradition. As a Catholic website, we stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Nicaragua, advocating for peace, dialogue, and the restoration of respect for religious liberties, urging our readers to keep the Nicaraguan Church in their prayers and to support efforts aimed at alleviating this crisis.

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