At the Managua Cathedral, nine priests from the Archdiocese of Managua were ordained in the context of a crackdown against the Catholic Church, and within three days at least 12 priests were arrested.
From the evening of Friday, December 29, to the early hours of Saturday, December 30, the dictatorship of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo launched a manhunt for priests as part of an attack on the Catholic Church a part of.
The detainees include Monsignors Miguel Mantica and Silvio Fonseca, as well as Fathers Miquel Monterrey, Gerardo Rodriguez and Raul Zamora , both from the Archdiocese of Managua.
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During the ordination Mass, Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes said the new priest was the answer to prayers.
“Their families, the parish and every archdiocesan church take a moment every Thursday to ask our good God to send us good and holy priests, the fruit of prayer,” Cardinal Brenes said.
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Twelve priests and Bishop Isidro Mora have been arrested in Nicaragua in recent days. Together with Bishop Rolando Alvarez, who was sentenced to 26 years in prison, they are the highest-ranking church members detained in Nicaragua, where the president The country has been governed by Daniel Ortega since 2007 and is in direct confrontation with the Catholic Church.