Nicaragua’s dictatorship ends 2023 with 2 bishops and 15 priests detained

Nicaragua’s dictatorship ends 2023 with 2 bishops and 15 priests detained

Cardinal Brenes: A Message of Encouragement and Unity

During the morning Mass on December 31 at the Immaculate Conception of Mary Cathedral, Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes, the Archbishop of Managua, shared a message of encouragement and hope.

In his address, he expressed solidarity with families and communities grappling with the absence of their priests and facing various hardships.

Cardinal Brenes emphasized the need for collective prayer to seek solace from God and draw strength from ecclesial unity during challenging times.

As the Nicaraguan cardinal led the congregation, he urged everyone to invoke God’s grace for wisdom.

He prayed for the ability to bear witness to patience, which he believes can achieve everything.

Cardinal Brenes invoked the light of Jesus to guide individuals towards paths of concord and fraternity.

He concluded his message with a heartfelt plea, asking for the Lord’s consolation and mercy, especially with the presence of Mary, the mother, at the foot of the cross.

Pope Francis: Deep Concern and a Call to Prayer for Nicaragua

On New Year’s Day, Pope Francis, during the Angelus, expressed his profound concern for the situation unfolding in Nicaragua, where bishops and priests have been deprived of their freedom.

The Holy Father extended his closeness to the affected priests and their families, emphasizing the importance of seeking the path of dialogue to overcome difficulties.

Concluding his remarks, Pope Francis called for a collective prayer for Nicaragua, underscoring the urgency of the situation.

His words echoed the apostle Peter’s message, urging faith and hope to be placed in God.

The Pope’s deep concern highlighted the need for a peaceful resolution and dialogue in Nicaragua.

ACI Prensa: A Decade of Reporting Papal Events and Global Church News

The story was initially published by ACI Prensa, a Spanish-language news partner of CNA.

The translation and adaptation of the news provide a broader audience with insights into the challenges faced by the Church in Nicaragua.

The dedicated team at ACI Prensa, led by a seasoned journalist with over a decade of experience, continues to cover significant events, including Pope Francis’ travels and crucial developments within the Catholic Church globally.

Their commitment to investigative journalism and providing timely information reflects in-depth coverage, such as reporting on the beatification ceremony of Saint Oscar Arnulfo Romero and special envoy missions in various countries, exemplifying their contribution to Catholic news and journalism.

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