he Chargé d’affaires in the Vatican in NicaraguaAnd Marcel DioufCame to me Costa Rica After leaving the country on Friday.
The Costa Rican Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed this in a statement stating that “Yesterday, Friday, March 17, in keeping with its historical position of reception, Costa Rica received its Chargé d’Affaires in its territory. Temporarily Holy See of Nicaragua”.
Diouf’s departure came at the same time as Diouf’s Closing of the Apostolic Nunciature in Managuaall result Escalation of tensions In the relationship between the dictator Daniel Ortega and the Catholic Church.
Although the bad relationships go back at least five years ago, the recent statements of Pope Francisco In an interview with infobae It generated more irritation in the Sandinista dictator.
In his dialogue with this medium, the Pontiff was very frank when he referred to the dangerous political situation in the Latin American country, as he emphasized that there “shameless dictatorship”.
“With much respect, I have no choice but to think of the imbalance in the person who is directing (Ortega), the pope began to judge, and then compared his rule to the old regimes: “It is something outside of what we live, It is as if he brought the communist dictatorship in 1917 or the Hitlerian dictatorship in 1935.I bring here the same… It is a kind of shameless dictatorship. or to use a gentle highlighter from argentina, guarangas“.
The supreme pontiff also referred to a case Monsignor Rolando AlvarezBishop of the Diocese of Matagalpa and Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Estelí, who was sentenced to 26 years and 4 months in prison Last month. According to the Nicaraguan court, the priest committed Crimes considered “treason”.“.
“We have a bishop in prison, a very serious and very capable man. He wanted to testify and did not accept exile.”Francisco said about it.
Alvarez was one of more than 200 prisoners transferred, on February 10, from the detention centers where they were being held to an airport to board a flight out of the country to United State.
Yes good Before 222 inmates in the negativeAnd Monsignor Alvarez refused to leave the country Under these circumstances he remained in Nicaragua. Days later, his sentence was confirmed.
Given the Church’s clear position on the dictator and his power in the country, the Nicaraguan Ministry of Foreign Affairs I issued an official note stating that “Between the Vatican State and the Republic of Nicaragua, it is proposed to suspend diplomatic relations”.
Similarly, Vatican sources told the agency EFE that the Sandinista regime petitioned the Holy See for Close the concerned diplomatic headquarters Although, for the time being, diplomatic relations have not been severed.
In any case, Nicaragua has no Ambassador to the Holy See since September 21, 2021 and only has a Minister Counselor.
For his part, V.I March 2021 The regime had expelled the Apostolic Nuncio, Mgr Waldemar Stanislaw Sommertag.
(with information from EFE)