Nicaragua bans Easter processions, attacks bishops – Matters India
Managua, March 1, 2023: The Nicaraguan government has banned the celebration of traditional public processions of the Way of the Cross during this year’s Lenten season, and accused Catholic Bishops of “grave crimes and horrors.”
During Lent, and also on Good Friday, the rituals will take place inside churches and not in public venues.
The move comes in the context of President Daniel Ortega’s escalating crackdown against the Nicaraguan Church, and follows the widespread outcry over the recent sentencing of Bishop Rolando Álvarez of Matagalpa to 26 years’ imprisonment and the deportation to the United States of 222 political opponents.
They have all been stripped off citizenship along with other 94 Nicaraguan citizens, including the exiled Auxiliary Bishop Silvo José Baez of Managua, and a priest from Matagalpa.