Monsignor Rolando Álvarez, bishop of the Diocese of Matagalpa, expressed this Thursday, August 18, during his program “Pastoring, Communion and Prayer”, that as a Church they believe in “God who is in favor of good” and who keeps his children ».
The preaching of the religious comes after 15 days of being a de facto prisoner in the Episcopal Curia of Matagalpa, “investigated” by the Police, allegedly because the prelate has “organized violent groups and has fomented hatred.”
“The Lord comes to dwell among us (…) He is the God who walks with his people in the midst of hope and suffering, of joy and pain, of illusions and disappointments, in the midst of projects and also failures ; in the midst of smiling and crying, “said the prelate.
Alluding to the intensification of the siege and repression against the Catholic Church by the Police and paramilitaries, Álvarez affirmed that they believe in “God who knows how to cry and laugh with us. He knows how to rejoice and suffer with us; he knows how to smile and also be sad with us. He is God made human, made man like us. He equal to us in everything, except in sin ».
He emphasized that as a Church they come to God “thirsty, joyous and jubilant because he is with us; From Him comes our inner strength and hope, our serene joy, our firm and convinced hope that He is the God who does not disappoint, the God who always has the last word in history and in our history».
He also emphasized that they trust “The God who sees everything and who in the Eucharist defeats darkness and iniquity, who in each Eucharist makes hell tremble and who recasts it in the sea of his own evil and where they cannot harm us”.
“He is the Almighty God, the God who knows everything, the God who sees everything, the God who knows everything. The God who is present everywhere; the God who is the father of us all, who are brothers to one another, the God who is the father of all and all in him, through him and in him we are his children ».
The Catholic hierarch called on the Nicaraguan parishioners to continue praying for him and for the eight people who accompany him within the Episcopal Curia. “Keep praying for us; remember that prayer is our strength and our power », he remarked.
Monsignor Álvarez is one of the most critical priests of the Daniel Ortega regime, causing him to be a “target” of siege, repression and persecution.
It should be noted that during his speech, the prelate did not refer to the two people who left the Curia and who are currently imprisoned in the Judicial Assistance Directorate (DAJ) in Managua, nor has Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes spoken.