Daniel Ortega’s regime ordered the severance of diplomatic relations with the Holy See. The decision was made a few hours after the publication of an interview in which Pope Francis called the Nicaraguan government a “Hitler dictatorship” and its leader, Daniel Ortega, commenting that it had a “dysfunction”.
Diplomatic sources in Rome confirmed to the Nicaraguan “Confidencial” agency, whose director Carlos Fernando Chamorro lives in exile due to persecution by the regime, that the representative of the Sandinista government before the Holy See had been informed “verbally” of the severance of relations between the two countries. The Vatican State Secretariat in Rome, referring to the statements of the Holy Father.
It was the first time that a pope had explicitly referred to the regime’s attacks on the Catholic Church, the last of which was against Bishop Rolando Alvarez, who was sentenced to 26 years in prison for treason: “There is a bishop, a serious man who is very capable. He wanted to testify and did not accept exile.” Francisco declared, referring to Álvarez’s decision not to leave the country as he had done to 222 political prisoners, by force.
In this way, Ortega and Murillo would put an end to a diplomatic relationship of at least 115 years, since relations between Nicaragua and the Holy See were born in 1908. However, the coexistence between the Sandinistas and the Catholic Church in Nicaragua has been marked by friction and mistrust in the last 43 years.
Nicaragua will also enter a small group of Thirteen countries do not have diplomatic relations With the Holy See, four have communist governments – Vietnam, North Korea, China and Laos – eight are Muslim – Somalia, Oman, Mauritania, Maldives, Comoros, Brunei, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia – and the other is Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom in South Asia.
According to the diplomatic source consulted by “Confidencial” in Rome, “the representative of the embassy in Managua was given a week to leave the country.”