Nicaraguans have fun Mass peacefully after procession ban

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MEXICO CITY — Tons of of Nicaraguans attended a Mass below a heavy police presence Saturday after the federal government prohibited a spiritual procession within the capital amid tensions with the Roman Catholic Church.

Church leaders introduced a day earlier that the Nationwide Police had banned the deliberate procession for Our Woman of Fatima for causes of “internal security.” As a substitute, the church known as the devoted to return peacefully to the cathedral.

On Saturday, Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes stated they gathered “with a lot of happiness, but also with a lot of sadness” resulting from “the situation we have lived in our parishes.”

“Forgive them Lord, because they know not what they do,” Brenes stated.

Earlier this month, the federal government of President Daniel Ortega closed seven radio stations owned by the church and introduced an investigation of Bishop Rolando Álvarez, who has been confined to the church’s compound in Matagalpa by police for practically two weeks.

The federal government acuses Álvarez, a vocal authorities critic, of selling hate and inciting violence.

Earlier than confining Álvarez, police had encircled a priest in Sebaco, additionally a part of the Matagalpa diocese, for a number of days earlier than ultimately permitting him to depart.

On Saturday, a consultant from the Matagalpa diocese offered Brenes with a picture of the Woman of Fatima.

On Friday, the Vatican spoke out publicly for the primary time in regards to the current strikes towards the church in Nicaragua.

The Vatican’s everlasting observer to the Group of American States expressed concern throughout a particular session of the physique’s everlasting council. Monsignor Juan Antonio Cruz known as for “finding paths of understanding based on reciprocal respect and trust, looking above all for the common good and peace.”

Through the session, 27 nations authorised a decision condemning “the forced closure of nongovernmental organizations and the harrassment and arbitrary restrictions placed on religious organizations” in Nicaragua. There was one vote towards and 4 abstentions.

Police haven’t allowed massive public gatherings, besides these sponsored by the federal government or the ruling Sandinista Nationwide Liberation Entrance social gathering, since September 2018. Earlier that yr, in April, large road protests turned a name for Ortega to step down.

Ortega has maintained that it was a coup try carried out with overseas backing and the assist of the church. Since then his authorities has moved towards voices of dissent, together with political opposition leaders and greater than 1,000 nongovernmental organizations.

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