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Nicaragua’s dictatorship sentences Bishop Rolando Álvarez to 26 years in prison

Bishop Rolando Álvarez. / Credit: Diocese of Matagalpa

ACI Prensa Staff, Feb 10, 2023 / 18:00 pm (CNA).

The Ortega regime sentenced the bishop on Friday, Feb. 10, to 26 years and four months in prison, accusing him of being a “traitor to the homeland.”

Why persecuted Nicaragua bishop turned down the chance to leave the country

Bishop Rolando Álvarez of Matagalpa, Nicaragua. / Credit: Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua (CC BY-SA 4.0)

ACI Prensa Staff, Feb 10, 2023 / 14:45 pm (CNA).

Bishop Rolando Álvarez refused to leave Nicaragua along with the 222 political prisoners who were deported by the Daniel Ortega dictatorship Feb. 9. 

UPDATED: Nicaragua deports more than 200 political prisoners to US, including Catholic priests

Nicaraguan political prisoner Juan Sebastian Chamorro speaks to the press ouside a hotel in Herndon, Virginia, on Feb. 9, 2023, after he was released by the Nicaraguan government. / Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images

Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Feb 9, 2023 / 14:24 pm (CNA).

The dictatorship of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega deported 222 political prisoners to Washington, D.C., Thursday. 

Priest kidnapped in Haiti; captors demand ransom

An aerial view of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. / Public domain

ACI Prensa Staff, Feb 8, 2023 / 16:00 pm (CNA).

The Claretian Missionaries’ Independent Delegation for the Antilles reported that on Feb. 7 one of its priests was kidnapped.

European bishops call for release of Nicaraguan bishop due to stand trial for conspiracy

Bishop Rolando Álvarez of Matagalpa, Nicaragua, during the indictment presented by the dictatorship of Nicaragua on Jan. 10, 2023. / Credit: Judiciary of Nicaragua

ACI Prensa Staff, Feb 8, 2023 / 15:25 pm (CNA).

The president of the European bishops’ conferences has demanded “the immediate release” of Bishop Rolando Álvarez of Matagalpa, Nicaragua.

Canadian man says hospital staff ‘pressured’ him to euthanize his wife

Richard Leskun says he was pressured repeatedly to put a do-not-resuscitate order on his wife Marilynn at Abbotsford Regional Hospital. Then staff offered to euthanize her. / Courtesy of The B.C. Catholic

Vancouver, Canada, Feb 7, 2023 / 15:10 pm (CNA).

The widower is sounding the alarm over what he says is a shocking and dangerous bias in the medical system toward the promotion of death.

Dictatorship in Nicaragua sentences seven more clergy and laity to 10 years in prison

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CNA Newsroom, Feb 7, 2023 / 14:50 pm (CNA).

The sentence consists of five years for the crime of “conspiracy to undermine national security and sovereignty” and five years for “spreading fake news.”

Mexican court rules against pro-family leader who called a trans woman legislator a man

Member of Mexico Congress Salma Luévano. / Credit: Chamber of Deputies of the Congress of the Union

ACI Prensa Staff, Feb 6, 2023 / 15:15 pm (CNA).

The court ruled against the National Front for the Family and its president, Rodrigo Iván Cortés, for calling Salma Luévano, a “trans” congressional representative, a “man.”

Dictatorship in Nicaragua sentences priest critical of the regime to 10 years in prison

Father Oscar Benavidez. / Credit: Parish of the Holy Spirit of Mulukukú, Nicaragua

CNA Newsroom, Feb 6, 2023 / 12:30 pm (CNA).

Father Óscar Danilo Benavidez Dávila was found guilty Jan. 16. State prosecution requested a sentence of eight years in prison; however, he was sentenced to 10 years.

3 dead, 20 injured after bus traveling to Our Lady of Guadalupe shrine in Mexico overturns

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CNA Newsroom, Feb 6, 2023 / 11:30 am (CNA).

The accident occurred Sunday on the Mexico-Puebla highway as the pilgrims were en route to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.