The recent wave of repression against the Nicaraguan Church began Aug. 1, when the Ortega dictatorship ordered the closure of eight Catholic radio stations in the Diocese of Matagalpa.
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The Nicaraguan president has called the bishops 'terrorists' and 'devils in cassocks.'
The archdiocese encouraged Catholics to “join in a spirit of prayer for priests” by spending time in prayer, attending Mass to pray for the priests, fasting, reading the Bible, and praying the rosary.
The report notes that in 2018 there were 46 attacks against the Catholic Church, including a mob entering the Managua Cathedral, death threats against Nicaraguan priests, and the desecration of different churches.
Ortega's government has accused many bishops and priests of siding with his opposition.
This is not the first time that Bishop Álvarez, who has been a clear defender of human rights and freedom in Nicaragua, has been harassed by the police working for the Ortega government.
Elections in Nicaragua for president and members of the National Assembly, as well as members of the Central American Parliament, will be held Nov. 7.
Marking World Day of Peace, Cardinal Brenes’ comments come amid continued heated protests against the government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega.