The regime has arrested journalists, activists, novelists, and businessmen, and more than 100,000 Nicaraguans have emigrated.
Cardinal Sandri will spend a full eight days in the Middle Eastern country, with stops in Damascus, Tartous, Homs, Yabroud, Maaloula, and Aleppo.
In his appeal, the Pope called in particular for “safe and reliable rescue and disembarkation equipment,” and alternatives to detention with decent living conditions.
‘First and foremost, it must be the active promotion of the good: denouncing evil and promoting the good,’ the Holy Father said on Oct. 23.
The organization Catholic Mobilizing Network, which is dedicated to ending the death penalty, stated Thursday that members were praying for Smith ahead of his execution.
More than 60 peers spoke against the bill during the debate.