BREAKING: Police force their way into the chancellery and kidnap the bishop in Nicaragua

“Lord Jesus, good shepherd, grant our bishop the grace of persevering and continuous prayer, the joy of communion with his priests and religious and the joy of serving his people with a generous spirit.

“Merciful Lord, allow him to announce the wonders of your love, announce the one true God and experience him in the charity of all, especially the poorest, the sick and the penitent. May his heart be attentive to the distress and hopes of his flock, may he be faithful to the mission of fostering hope and working tirelessly for justice.

“We entrust it to your Divine Mercy, to Our Lady of Mercy, to the intercession of Sister Faustina Kowalska and to Pope Saint John Paul II. amen

“With this prayer that has accompanied the episcopal ministry of Bishop Rolando José Alvarez Lagos, since his arrival in the diocese of #Matagalpa on April 2, 2011, we continue to pray to the Lord for our pastor, for priests, seminarians and lay people who have accompanied him”.

Since 2018, under the Ortega dictatorship, there have been more than 190 attacks against the Catholic Church, its bishops, priests, faithful and places of worship.

Ortega has repeatedly insulted Catholic bishops and priests, calling them “devils in cassocks”, “terrorists” and “coup artists”.

In March of this year, the dictatorship expelled the apostolic nuncio to Nicaragua, Archbishop Waldemar Stanislaw Sommertag. The decision was received with “surprise and pain” by the Vatican.

At the beginning of July, the Missionaries of Charity, founded by Saint Teresa of Calcutta, and dedicated to the care of the poorest and sickest, were expelled from the country.

In addition, the regime has forcibly closed the country’s Catholic television and radio stations.

In recent weeks, using the police, the Ortega dictatorship has harassed several priests in Nicaragua, especially in the Diocese of Matagalpa and the Diocese of Siuna where Father Oscar Benavidez was arrested for no known reason.

Degree in Communication Sciences from the Universidad Privada del Norte de Trujillo, Peru. I have been part of the ACI Prensa team for more than 10 years. I have covered Pope Francis’ trips to Ecuador, Paraguay, Mexico, Colombia, Chile and Peru. I covered the beatification ceremony of St. Oscar Arnulfo Romero today in San Salvador, El Salvador in 2015. Special Envoy for Investigation in Honduras in 2016. Head of the ACI Press Office in Mexico since of 2018.

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