The official news portal of the Holy See, Vatican News, confirmed that on Friday Monsignor Marcel Diouf closed the diplomatic headquarters as requested by the Nicaraguan government. The custody of the Apostolic Nunciature and its assets was entrusted to the Italian Republic
Monsignor Marcel Diouf, charge d’affaires of the Nunciature in Managua, has moved to Costa Rica, confirmed this Saturday in a brief note on the official news portal of the Holy See, VaticanNews. The closure of the diplomatic headquarters occurred at the request of the Nicaraguan government led by Daniel Ortega.
«Yesterday, March 17, the charge d’affaires, ai, of the Apostolic Nunciature in Nicaragua, Monsignor Marcel Diouf, left the country and moved to Costa Rica. The closure of the diplomatic headquarters of the Holy See occurred as a result of a request from the Nicaraguan Government on March 10, 2023, “says the brief note.
Pursuant to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, custody of the Apostolic Nunciature and its assets was entrusted to the Italian Republic. Before his departure, Bishop Diouf was greeted by diplomatic representatives accredited in Nicaragua from the European Union, Germany, France and Italy.
The Government of Nicaragua ordered the rupture of diplomatic relations with the Vatican after the strong statements of Pope Francis calling the Sandinista regime “rude” and “hitlerian».
In an interview he gave to the Argentine portal Infobae on the occasion of celebrating 10 years at the helm of the Vatican, Pope Francis said about the Ortega regime: “With great respect, I have no choice but to think about an imbalance in the person who leads ( Daniel Ortega). There we have a bishop in prison, a very serious man, very capable. He wanted to give his testimony and did not accept exile. It is something that is outside of what we are experiencing, it is as if it were bringing the communist dictatorship of 1917 or the Hitlerite dictatorship of 1935, bringing the same here… They are a type of rude dictatorships. Or, to use a cute distinction from Argentina, guarangas. Guarangas».
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