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Central America

Cardinal who disappeared apologises for ‘stupid prank’

Cardinal José Luis Lacunza Maestrojuán, the bishop of the Diocese of David in Panama, apologised at the end of Sunday Mass in the city’s cathedral after having been missing for two days but found safe and sound earlier in the week. Source: CNA.

Central America

Panama police launch investigation into disappearance of cardinal

The Diocese of David in Panama yesterday announced the disappearance of its bishop, Cardinal José Luis Lacunza Maestrojuán, in unknown circumstances. Source: Vatican News.

Central America

Purge of Catholic clergy creating ‘spiritual vacuum’ in Nicaragua

Human rights defender Bianca Jagger has accused the Nicaraguan dictatorship of creating a spiritual vacuum in the country by its purge of Catholic clergy. Source: OSV News.

Central America

Nicaragua releases and expels bishops, priests and seminarians

The Nicaraguan dictatorship of Daniel Ortega on Sunday released and sent to the Vatican two imprisoned bishops along with 15 priests and seminarians. Source: CNA.

Central America

Nicaraguan bishop arrested after voicing support for imprisoned bishop

A second Nicaraguan bishop has been arrested after voicing spiritual support for imprisoned Bishop Rolando Álvarez of Matagalpa, according to independent Nicaraguan media. Source: OSV News.

Central America

Nicaraguan dictatorship releases new photos, video of imprisoned bishop  

In response to demands for proof that Bishop Rolando Álvarez is still alive, the Nicaraguan dictatorship’s Ministry of the Interior released new images of the prelate, who was sentenced to 26 years and four months in prison in February, accused of being “a traitor to the homeland”. Source: CNA.

Central America Vatican

Nicaragua releases 12 priests after talks with Vatican

The Nicaraguan dictatorship has released 12 priests it had imprisoned and sent them to the Vatican after an agreement was reached with Church authorities. Source: CNA.

Central America Religious Freedom

Imprisoned Nicaraguan bishop nominated for EU’s top human rights award

Imprisoned Nicaraguan Bishop Rolando Álvarez has been nominated for the European Parliament’s top human rights award, reflecting the international attention the prelate has received for defending religious freedom. Source: NCR Online.

Central America Religious Orders

Nicaraguan Government ‘cancels’ Jesuit society, confiscates assets

The Nicaraguan Government has removed the legal status of the Society of Jesus in the country and said it will confiscate its assets. Source: The Tablet.