Nicaragua police place prohibition on processions

Police in Nicaragua have thwarted the celebration of feast day processions for patron saints in a city considered iconic for the ruling Sandinista regime, which continues increasing its repression of the Catholic Church.

Sep 30, 2022

Fr Edwing Román


MEXICO:
Police in Nicaragua have thwarted the celebration of feast day processions for patron saints in a city considered iconic for the ruling Sandinista regime, which continues increasing its repression of the Catholic Church.

Police have surrounded parishes in the city of Masaya, 18 miles (29km) south of the capital, Managua, to prevent parishioners from removing statues of their patron saints and holding processions, according to videos posted on social media.

“It’s absurd that the dictatorship sees the religious celebrations of Masaya’s patron saints as a threat,” tweeted Fr Edwing Román, former pastor at the St Michael the Archangel Parish in Masaya. Román has gone into exile.

“This is not an attempt to measure forces. It’s allowing Catholics to celebrate,” he continued in a tweet dated Sept 20. “The police, instead of an aggressive attitude, should guarantee security.”

Videos on social media showed a police officer informing parishioners of the prohibition on holding a procession, but being jeered by people inside the church. Celebrations of the Eucharist occurred, but not processions.

The prohibition on processions in Masaya continues the crackdown on Nicaragua’s Catholic Church, which Ortega’s regime has come to see as a political opponent amid a wider attempt at snuffing out all critical and independent voices in the Central American country. --Crux

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