The Diocese of Matagalpa asks the faithful to continue praying for their bishop, Monsignor Rolando Álvarez, the priests and laity who were imprisoned by the Ortega regime inside the Episcopal Curia of Matagalpa, until dawn on August 19, who were kidnapped by police officers.
«Monsignor Álvarez, in his pastoral work in the Diocese of Matagalpa, where he took office on April 2, 2011, has chosen as a preferential option for the poor, for the sick, for the young, for those who suffer adversity and for peasants. , to whom he has shown his closeness through prayer and pastoral visits. We ask to continue praying for our pastor, priests and laity who were with him in the Episcopal Curia of Matagalpa,” the Diocese said through its social networks.
The Catholic hierarch was reduced to “house arrest” while his companions were confined in the Directorate of Judicial Assistance (DAJ), known as “El Nuevo Chipote” in Managua, where they remain captive, carrying out a process described by specialists as anomalous and arbitrary.
Although it is not officially known where Monsignor Álvarez is, a source revealed to Article 66 that the priest is at the home of some relatives, near the Cargill company, on the road to Masaya.
Priests and organizations that defend human rights have requested to know the situation of the religious leader who is serving 54 days of confinement, they demand through communiqués that his physical integrity be respected and his immediate freedom be ordered, like the other religious imprisoned.
Faced with the violation of the human rights of Monsignor Rolando Álvarez, the European Parliament approved on September 15 a resolution with 538 votes in favor, 16 against and 28 abstentions where they urge the dictator Ortega to release the prelate and the priests detained during the attacks to church.
After the social protests of 2018, the Ortega dictatorship has attacked the Catholic Church of Nicaragua, calling it a “coup” and “terrorist.” In this 2022, the religious institution has experienced the greatest repression that it would have experienced in the country.