Monsignor Rolando Álvarez, bishop of the Diocese of Matagalpa, denounced that the Police at the service of the Daniel Ortega regime prevented him from leaving the Episcopal Curia, where he has been surrounded by police and paramilitary agents since Wednesday, August 3.
For this afternoon, the day of the Blessed Sacrament, the prelate had convened a mass at the Cathedral of San Pedro, where he would preside over the homily asking for an end to the repression and siege of the Catholic Church in Nicaragua.
“Dearly beloved, tell you that I wanted to go out to the cathedral to do the holy hour, the holy mass, but obviously the higher authorities (of the Police) have not given permission,” denounced the Catholic hierarch.
Five uniformed men armed with shields stood at the entrance to the episcopal see, in the background a police chief was mobilizing and there is also a Judicial Assistance patrol blocking the street.
The religious responded to the new attack with the song by Roberto Carlos, entitled “Amigo”. «You are my soul brother, really the friend
That in every way and journey is always with me»chanted the hierarch, while again blessing the uniformed men sent by the regime of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo to stalk him.
“We find ourselves here — in the Curia — six priests, six lay people, who have us locked up in the Episcopal Curia. We are going to stay here without disrespecting the Police. We have never disrespected her. To our brothers, who have their families and who are our friends, “said the cardinal.
“Then I’m going to wait for them to let me out. I will keep you informed. Blessings to all. God keep you and bless you », he added, while the doors of the garage of the Episcopal Curia were closed, which was still blocked by the agents of the dictatorship.
The police siege against Álvarez began on Wednesday, August 3. This morning the priest went out with the Blessed Sacrament to confront dozens of policemen who besiege the area surrounding the Curia.
The bishop, one of the religious most harassed and attacked by the Ortega dictatorship, has called on all Nicaraguans to unite in prayer so that the repression against all the Catholic Church in Nicaragua ceases and that religious freedom is respected.