Nicaragua expels 2 Filipinos and 18 nuns for Catholic Church ties
TWO Filipinos were among 18 Missionary of Charity nuns who were expelled from Nicaragua as part of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s indiscriminate persecution of anything directly or indirectly related to the Catholic Church.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said, based on a report by the Spanish newspaper El Confidencial, that the nuns were taken away by the General Directorate of Migration and Immigration and the police of the cities of Managua and Grenada, where they served the poor, to the border country of Costa Rica on June 6.
Besides the Filipinos, the expelled nuns included seven Indians, two Mexicans, two Guatemalans, two Nicaraguans, one Spaniard, one Ecuadorian and one Vietnamese.
The dissolution of the Missionaries of Charity and 100 other non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Nicaragua was approved on June 29 by the National Assembly on an “urgent” basis and without any debate.
The National Assembly, Nicaragua’s legislative body, is controlled by the Sandinista National Liberation Front, led by Ortega.
The sisters were welcomed in the diocese of Tilarán-Liberia, in neighboring Costa Rica, by Bishop Manuel Eugenio Salazar Mora.
“It is an honor for our diocese of Tilarán-Liberia that the soles of your feet tread these lands,” the prelate wrote of the sisters on Facebook.
“We pray for the Church in Nicaragua, for her bishops, her priests, her men and women religious. Sisters, welcome to these lands; our diocese has open doors to welcome you. Thank you for your example, your dedication and your service to the poor. the poor,” he said.
According to a report by the Pro Transparency and Anticorruption Observatory, the Ortega regime and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, “launched a blind persecution against bishops, priests, seminarians, religious groups, lay people and against anything that has a direct link or indirect relationship with the Catholic Church.
“The offensive and threatening language of the presidential couple against the Catholic hierarchy has become increasingly evident and frequent; and the actions of certain public institutions against the charitable work of the Church have multiplied,” the report states.