The bishops of El Salvador issued this Sunday, June 5, a statement of solidarity with the Nicaraguan Catholic Church, due to the growing climate of religious persecution promoted by the dictatorship of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo.
“The bishops of El Salvador raise our voices today to express our solidarity with the bishops, priests, men and women religious and laity of Nicaragua. We are especially concerned about the safety of their pastors, Monsignor Rolando José Álvarez, bishop of the Diocese of Matagalpa and apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Estelí, and the priest Harving Padilla, pastor of the San Juan Bautista Church in the city of Masaya”, expresses the Salvadoran Catholic hierarchy.
The Salvadoran Church deplored the increase in repression in Nicaragua by the Ortega regime and assured that they share the pain of the Nicaraguan people.
“We regret the social and political situation that the sister Republic of Nicaragua is going through and we share the pain of that noble, hard-working and long-suffering people that vehemently aspires to live in a climate of full respect for their fundamental rights to achieve a dignified life in accordance with the kingdom of life that Christ came to bring and that is incompatible with any type of inhuman situation”, they stressed.
The bishops of El Salvador ended their message asking God for the Nicaraguan Church “peace, understanding, tolerance and dialogue”, and assured that they hope that the country recovers “the long-awaited social peace” in Nicaragua.