Nicaragua's Catholic Church faces worsening persecution under Ortega

The Associated Press February 11, 2024, 04:00 PM UTC

Summary: In 2024, Nicaragua's Catholic Church faces worsening persecution under President Daniel Ortega, with 19 priests expelled, dozens of incidents of harassment, and church desecrations. Fear silences criticism, with clergy and laypeople fearing reprisals. The government blames clergy for civil unrest, leading to a "campaign of harassment and severe persecution." The repression affects not only clergy but also social services and businesses, causing deep spiritual and material impact. The Vatican has called for dialogue, but exiles urge stronger protests to achieve justice.

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