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Cardinal exposes Pope Francis persecution in Nicaragua

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Protester carries a cross, in San José (Costa Rica), in memory of Nicaraguans persecuted by the dictatorship.| Photo: EFE/Jeffrey Arguedas

The Nicaraguan Cardinal Leopoldo José Brenes Solórzano met on Thursday () with Pope Francis, to whom he exposed the situation of the Catholic Church in Nicaragua, whose bishops were branded as “coup plotters” and “terrorists” by the dictator from the country, the Sandinista Daniel Ortega.

The Archdiocese of Managua, led by Cardinal Brenes, said in a statement that the hierarch was received by the pontiff in a private audience, as part of his visit to Vatican City.

“At this meeting, Cardinal expressed the affection and prayers of the Nicaraguan people, as well as the reality of the Church in the country”, said the Archdiocese of Managua, without offering further details.

Cardinal Brenes also participated in meetings with the bishops that make up the Latin American Episcopal Council (CELAM) and those of the Episcopal Conference of Italy.

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