AMERICA/NICARAGUA - Bishops to the government: elections, an opportunity to resolve the country's crisis

Monday, 22 February 2021 elections   politics   social situation   poverty   episcopal conferences  


Managua (Agenzia Fides) - Less than nine months before the general elections in Nicaragua, the Bishops who are members of the Bishops' Conference (CEN) united in the call of the population asking the government of President Daniel Ortega for electoral reforms capable of guaranteeing free and transparent in the country.
In a message published on the occasion of the beginning of the Lenten season, the Bishops reminded the government of the opportunity that the elections represent to resolve the crisis currently affecting Nicaragua.
The Pastors have addressed an exhortation so that in this electoral year "all types of confrontation, disqualification and actions contrary to this civil and democratic exercise are overcome", reads the message of CEN.
The message, whose central theme is conversion to Christ, a conversion of the heart, served as a guide for many priests in preparing their homily for the 1st Sunday of Lent, underlining the need to seek the good of the national community.
Mgr. Rolando Álvarez, Bishop of the diocese of Matagalpa, asked the opposition leaders to listen to the demands of the population: "The social and political leaders of Nicaragua, those who are in a hurry and flee, must listen to the cry of the people, of the poorest, the peasants, the humiliated, the forgotten, the marginalized, the discriminated against, those who are treated as waste. They must listen to the cry of this population and recognize with simplicity that it is not with beautiful words or agitated speeches that the heart of a people is won". (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 22/2/2021)