Woman attacks priest with acid during confession

Fr Miguel Guevera (Fides)

A 59-year-old priest has been injured in an acid attack in the Nicaraguan capital, Managua. Source: BBC News.

Fr Miguel Guevara had just finished hearing confession in the Metropolitan Cathedral when a woman threw acid at him. Fr Guevara is being treated in hospital for serious burns to his face, arms and shoulders.

Worshippers detained the woman and locked her in a room until police arrived.

Police say they are still investigating the possible motive behind the attack but local media have pointed to the fact that the woman was wearing a T-shirt with a picture of child in a womb making an obscene gesture.

A police spokeswoman said they had identified the woman as a Russian citizen.

The attack comes at a tense time for the Church in Nicaragua. The Church has come in for sharp criticism by the government for the role it has played since the start of anti-government protests in April.

Hundreds of people have been killed in clashes between protesters and the security forces. Churches became a place of sanctuary for opposition activists and at times came under siege from pro-government forces.

In July, President Ortega accused Nicaragua’s clergy of siding with the protesters, whom he accuses of trying to overthrow him. “The bishops are committed to the coup-mongers,” he said.

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