Police prohibit two priests from attending the reception of the Virgin of Fatima

The National Police prevented this Sunday, August 14, that two priests from the Matagalpa municipalities of Rancho Grande and El Tuma, travel to the cathedral of San Pedro, in the city of Matagalpa to participate in the reception of the image of the Virgin of Fatima. One of them was visited at his parish to inform him of the ban, and the other was returned on the El Tuma-La Dalia highway.

“They have taken away our circulation documents, driver’s license, vehicle insurance. We have been left without any documentation of the vehicle to spoil the circulation of my person as a priest”, denounced Father Fernando Calero Rodríguez, who administers the parish of Our Lady of Fátima, in Rancho Grande.

As he described, there were three patrols at the police checkpoint, they detained him and a group of laymen who were going to the Matagalpa cathedral, searched them “as if we were criminals”, took away their documentation and ordered them to return to their homes. Big ranch. The priest also denounces that a The patrol followed them to La Dalia.

“It did not happen any more, but we invite you to continue praying because the evil one is attacking the Church. The evil one wants to destroy the power of the gospel, that word that is the truth of Jesus himself, who wants to announce the truth of the heavenly kingdom”, reflects the priest.

Father Erick Díaz, pastor of the San José Obrero church in El Tuma, was “visited” by officers of the National Police this Sunday morning to inform him that he was prohibited from traveling to Matagalpa.

“The police patrols are at the junction of this town, searching and returning all those who were going to the Marian feast in the Matagalpa cathedral. We pray to God so that through Our Lady he always protects all priests and the Church”, denounced the religious through the parish’s Facebook page.

Police prohibit religious processions

During this week, the Police have prevented several religious processions. This Saturday the Archdiocese of Managua had to hold a procession in honor of the Virgin of Fatima, who concluded her 30-month pilgrimage in Nicaragua, inside the metropolitan cathedral because the authorities prohibited the procession “for reasons of internal security.”

Likewise, Father Álvaro Toledo, from the Nuestra Señora de Asunción parish in Ocotal, informed the parishioners that National Police officials prohibited him from carrying out the traditional procession in honor of the Virgin of the Assumption that was scheduled for the 14th and August 15th.

“The processions of August 14 and 15 to Our Lady of the Assumption are cancelled, a tradition where the replica image of the Virgin of Fatima would also be received, it is worth mentioning that Ocotal would host the closing of the National Congress of Mary at the Diocesan level”, detailed the Catholic media María Comunicaciones- Diocese of Estelí.

The same thing happened in the Cristo Rey parish, located in Telpaneca, Madriz. “It is important that we participate in the other activities planned inside the temple. This coming August 15, let us feel in our homes the deep love for the Virgin of her Assumption day, ”they reported on their social networks.

Attacks on the Catholic Church

On Thursday, August 11, the priest Aníbal Manzanares denounced that the National Police had prohibited him from leaving his parish, in the municipality of Terrabona, department of Matagalpa. The religious is advisor to the youth ministry of Monsignor Rolando Álvarez, bishop of the Diocese of Matagalpa and apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Estelí.

Álvarez served 13 days this Sunday under police kidnapping, along with five priests, three seminarians and two lay people. They are all inside the Episcopal Curia of Matagalpa, which remains surrounded by a police and riot squad.

The kidnapping has been condemned by representatives of the Catholic Church in many countries—including the Episcopal Conference of Latin America and the Caribbean—as well as the Organization of American States (OAS).

“Tyrants cannot bear the prophetic word that exposes their wickedness and their crimes. Today’s powerful fear a prophetic Church, they would like to see the Church locked up in the sacristy, with its mouth closed and hopefully bowing before them”, Monsignor Silvio Báez, auxiliary bishop of Managua, reacted in his homily, delivered from exile.

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