Pope Francis Makes First Public Comments About Tensions Between Nicaraguan Government and the Church

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Churchgoers in Nicaragua are praying for the health and the well-being of Msgr. Rolando Alvarez. The bishop of Matagalpa in Nicaragua who has been taken into custody on Friday, after an almost two-week standoff with the Nicaraguan police.

These protesters are part of the Nicaraguan diaspora in Costa Rica, where thousands of Nicaraguans live, fleeing the repressive government of Daniel Ortega. Police did not specify the reason behind the arrest of Monsignor Alvarez, who had been protesting the closure of a Catholic radio station in recent weeks.

However, on Friday, the wife of Daniel Ortega and Vice President Rosario Murillo said that the arrest was made necessary because the church had failed to provide information to the police in an ongoing investigation.

Concerns over the situation in Nicaragua were shared around the world and even Pope Francis urged authorities to use dialogue to resolve conflict, in the country at his Sunday Angelus address in Rome.