The World Has Turned a Blind Eye to Nicaragua’s Anti-Catholic Crackdown

The World Has Turned a Blind Eye to Nicaragua’s Anti-Catholic Crackdown
A poster featuring Bishop Rolando Alvarez and Pope Francis hangs inside the Cathedral in Matagalpa, Nicaragua, Aug. 19, 2022 (AP photo by Inti Ocon).

Recent arrests of priests in Nicaragua would seem to offer a moment for the Catholic Church, which remains influential in Latin America, to galvanize regional governments against the repressive rule of President Daniel Ortega. But while local priests speak out, church leaders have appeared unwilling to do more.

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