Through a statement, the Diocese of Granada summoned the Nicaraguan parishioners to join the World Day of Prayer for Peace, to be held on Sunday, January 1, 2023.
“As a sign of communion with the Holy Father, Pope Francis, we all come together to celebrate (…) the World Day of Prayer for Peace,” details the letter dated December 27.
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For this day, the Diocese – chaired by Monsignor Jorge Solórzano – invited each of the Parishes under its jurisdiction to celebrate this day, which will begin with the morning Eucharist “and then exposing the Blessed Sacrament throughout the day, where all our groups, movements, brotherhoods, pastoral, religious and religious areas, and all the faithful people can unite in prayer.
They state that after the evening mass the procession with the Blessed Sacrament can be organized inside each parish temple “where we participate with a spirit of recollection and adoration”, however it does not detail whether there has been any type of restriction on the part of the Police to Express your faith in the streets.
“Let us place this day of prayer and supplication in the hands of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, our Mother, also presenting our prayers to her Son, our Savior,” they emphasize.
This religious activity will take place in a context where the Daniel Ortega regime has intensified its repression against the Catholic Church in Nicaragua, prohibited various processions in the country and impeded freedom of worship.
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To date, the Ortega justice system has kidnapped 12 priests, including Monsignor Rolando Álvarez, bishop of the Diocese of Matagalpa, accused of undermining national integrity and spreading false news through information and communication technologies, supposedly, to the detriment of the State and Nicaraguan society.
Despite the fact that the repressive wave of the Nicaraguan dictatorship has increased against priests, forcing many into exile, the highest authority of the Church has remained on the sidelines, avoiding speaking out against the injustice of Ortega and Murillo.