AMERICA/NICARAGUA - Bishop of Esteli in Washington to meet Vice President Pence and the senators

Wednesday, 29 May 2019 social situation   politics   local churches  


Washington (Agenzia Fides) - "Mgr. Abelardo Mata will be received this Wednesday (May 29) by the vice-president of the United States, Mike Pence, to report the socio-political crisis that Nicaragua is experiencing. Mgr. Mata will also have meetings with the senators in Washington ": the news comes from a source of Agenzia Fides. Mgr. Juan Abelardo Mata Guevara, S.D.B., Bishop of the Diocese of Esteli (Nicaragua) is in fact in the United States.During his stopover in the city of Miami he met some Nicaraguans with whom he commented the situation in the country: the people of Nicaragua are still waiting for the release of political prisoners and count on the will of the representatives of the National Alliance to continue the dialogue that should put an end to the crisis, but there is apparently no will on behalf of government representatives.
Mgr. Mata, among other gestures of support for the Catholic community, inside and outside Nicaragua, recalled the letter he sent on the anniversary of the "first anniversary of the civic struggle" as he himself called it: "For a year we have been living a process of civic-peaceful struggle and ... despite the pain of those killed, of prisoners and insecurity, we have learned to organize ourselves, inside and outside the country ... We must do everything to alleviate the suffering of our people and stop injustice", he wrote in his letter sent to Fides and published on the country's social media.
Today's meeting in Washington will be an international confirmation of the interest of the US regarding the Nicaraguan crisis. Just a year ago, the same vice president Mike Pence, had commented on an intervention by President Ortega in the American press with these words: "State-sponsored violence in Nicaragua is undeniable. Ortega’s propaganda fools no one and changes nothing. 350+ dead at the hands of the regime. The US calls on the Ortega government to end the violence now and hold early elections". Thus wrote Pence in his official Twitter account, where he added a warning to Ortega: "The world is watching!". (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 29/05/2019)