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Nicaragua: Trappist Nun Monastery Confiscated by the Regime

Nicaragua is 50% Roman Catholic and 33% evangelical. Both Catholics and evangelicals are being targeted by the regime of Marxist strongman Daniel Ortega as “coup plotters” and “enemies of the regime.” 

For previous ChristianPersecution.com coverage of the persecution of Christians in Nicaragua, see here.

“Trappist Nun Monastery Confiscated by the Regime in Nicaragua,” by Massimo Introvigne, Bitter Winter, April 24, 2023:

What, for lack of a better world, we can call the theft by the Nicaraguan government of proprieties belonging to religious orders has continued recently with the appropriation of the Monastery of Saint Mary of Peace of the Trappist Nuns in San Pedro de Lóvago, Chontales. It has been appropriated by the government and allocated to the Instituto Nicaraguans de Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA).

Unlike other religious orders, the Trappist nuns were not expelled but left Nicaragua voluntarily in February and relocated in Panama. They did so after they were told that their valuable property in San Pedro de Lóvago could be legally transferred to the Catholic Diocese of Juigalpa.

However, when the Bishop of Juigalpa, Marcial Guzmán Saballos, tried to take possession of the monastery, he was prevented to do so by the authorities, who told him that it had been confiscated by the government.

The confiscation of properties is one of several tools the Nicaraguan regime uses to harass the Catholic Church and other religious organizations, a persecution repeatedly denounced by Bitter Winter and described in detail in an August 2022 report by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), an independent, bipartisan U.S. federal government commission created by the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA), whose Commissioners are appointed by the President and by Congressional leaders of both political parties….

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