Nicaraguans Denounce ‘Scandalous Silence’ of Pope Francis as Communists Attack Churches, Silence Catholic Radio

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Nicaraguan Catholics are reportedly progressively upset astatine Pope Francis for remaining soundless arsenic the oppressive Communist authorities of dictator Daniel Ortega shuts down Catholic vigor stations and sends goon squads to harass protesters.

The U.S. State Department connected Wednesday denounced the Ortega authorities for ordering six vigor stations belonging to the Roman Catholic Church to unopen down.

“Ortega-Murillo’s brutal battle connected Catholic clergy, vigor facilities and assemblage members successful Sebaco is different stroke to spiritual state successful Nicaragua arsenic good arsenic to the state of expression. How tin men and women successful azygous – galore of them radical of religion – transportation retired specified orders?” said Undersecretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Brian A. Nichols, referring to Ortega and his vice president and wife, Rosario Murillo.

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In this Sept. 5, 2018, record photo, Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega and his woman and Vice President Rosario Murillo, pb a rally successful Managua, Nicaragua. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga, File)

The vigor stations received shutdown orders from Nicaragua’s telecom bureau Telcor connected Monday. Rev. Rolando Alvarez, bishop of Matagalpa state and a tireless professional of Ortega’s spiritual repression, denounced the determination arsenic an “injustice” with nary ineligible authority.

Monday’s orders brought the full fig of Catholic vigor stations silenced successful Matagalpa to eight, positive an award-winning youth-oriented feminist presumption called Radio Vos

Several of these presumption closings progressive brusque constabulary action. Radio Vos said constabulary officers arrived astatine the broadcast installation to adjacent down its transmitters. Ortega’s constabulary besides forced their mode into the Nino Jesus de Praga chapel successful the municipality of Sebaco to confiscate instrumentality from the vigor presumption operating from there.

The diocese of Matagalpa stated that the parish priest, Rev. Uriel Vellejos, was wrong the location wherever the vigor presumption operated.

“I americium being besieged. The constabulary person broke the chapel’s locks to participate wherever the instrumentality is, to instrumentality it. The constabulary are attacking the faithful who are wrong the school,” Vallejos reported connected Facebook.

According to the Catholic News Agency (CNA), constabulary fired shots successful the aerial and deployed teardrop state to support the religion congregation from assisting Father Vallejos.

Vallejos said the constabulary chopped disconnected powerfulness to the house, injured 2 of his parishioners, and detained respective radical who answered his telephone for help.

CNA reported that Telcor claimed the vigor stations successful Matagalpa lacked the indispensable broadcast licenses arsenic a pretext for silencing them. The diocese responded that each of the indispensable paperwork was presented to regulators successful idiosyncratic years agone by Rev. Alvarez, but Telcor ne'er responded to the applications.

Telcor besides cited vague “technical” deficiencies by the Catholic vigor stations but refused to specify what they were.

“We volition proceed to study and denounce immoderate concern that, similar this one, continues to interruption the state of code and religion successful Nicaragua,” the diocese said successful a statement.

The Nicaraguan Independent Journalists and Communicators relation (PCIN) denounced the presumption closings arsenic a “massacre of state of information” and a “brutal strategy of the authorities that question a nationalist blackout of captious voices.”

“Such a decision, carried retired with the constabulary and civilians who run alongside them, has caused harm to infrastructure, injuries to radical successful solidarity with the absorption of the closed media outlet successful Sebaco, Matagalpa, and violently detained young people,” the PCIN said.

The PCIN demanded afloat restoration of the vigor stations, respect for the civilian rights of broadcasters, and extortion against “aggressions by the constabulary and Sandinista fanatics.”

Infobae connected Wednesday reported increasing unhappiness among Nicaraguans with the deficiency of effect from the Vatican and Pope Francis to Ortega’s warfare connected Catholic radio. For that matter, they thought the Pope should person spoken retired against the Ortega dictatorship agelong ago.

Infobae recalled the Ortega authorities going to warfare against Catholics aft protests broke retired against the very fishy election that kept him successful powerfulness successful November 2021. Ortega and Murillo decided the Catholic Church was aiding a “coup” against them by giving structure to protesters. The authorities unleashed an escalating question of unit and vandalism against churches, forcing respective priests into exile.

Police officers and riot constabulary  patrol extracurricular  Matagalpa's Archbishop Curia preventing Monsignor Rolando Alvarez from leaving, successful  Matagalpa, Nicaragua, connected  August 4, 2022. - Riot constabulary  connected  Thursday prevented Nicaraguan Bishop, Rolando Alvarez, from leaving the religion  gathering  to preside astatine  a wide    arsenic  portion  of a "prayer crusade" being carried retired  by the church, pursuing  the closure of respective  Catholic media outlets and allegations of harassment. (Photo by AFP) (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)

Police officers and riot constabulary patrol extracurricular Matagalpa’s Archbishop Curia preventing Monsignor Rolando Alvarez from leaving, successful Matagalpa, Nicaragua, connected August 4, 2022. Riot constabulary connected Thursday prevented Nicaraguan Bishop, Rolando Alvarez, from leaving the religion gathering to preside astatine a wide arsenic portion of a “prayer crusade” being carried retired by the church, pursuing the closure of respective Catholic media outlets and allegations of harassment. (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)

“I bash not recognize however Pope Francis tin stay soundless successful the look of attacks connected the astir beloved priests of Nicaraguans, however it is imaginable that helium does not spot a idiosyncratic of the highest powerfulness who, daily, uses the sanction of God successful vain and preaches emotion portion sowing hatred,” Nicaraguan writer Gioconda Belli remarked successful May.

Other salient Nicaraguan Catholic writers were little captious of the Pope’s position, arguing that his power with the Ortega authorities was minimal, and helium could marque the concern for Nicaraguans worse by picking a nationalist combat with the paranoid and vicious Communist ruler.

Agustin Antonetti, manager of a non-governmental enactment called Latin America Watch, rejected those excuses connected Thursday.

“Pope Francis’ soundlessness connected what’s going connected successful Nicaragua is scandalous. Daniel Ortega’s dictatorship is taking the churches by force, they person unopen down each their channels and radios, adjacent 1 clergyman is successful jail, and the remainder are acrophobic of being kidnapped,” helium said.

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