MANAGUA – An unknown man threw a bomb and set fire to an image of the Blood of Christ that has been in Nicaragua for 382 years and that was venerated by Saint John Paul II in 1996, when he knelt and prayed at his feet, during his second visit to the country, mostly Catholic.
“An unidentified person entered the Chapel of the Blood of Christ in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Managua, and dropped a bomb, causing a fire inside the chapel, where the consecrated and venerated image of the Blood of Christ remains and exposed the Most Holy in his tabernacle, ”the Archdiocese of Managua reported in a statement.
The image of the Blood of Christ, whose chapel is located on the west side of the Cathedral, was completely charred, but its structure supported it standing, as it could be seen after the firefighters put down the fire, which occurred before noon this Friday.
The Catholic Church described the action as “a totally condemnable act of sacrilege and desecration, for which we must remain in constant prayer, to defeat the evil forces.”
For his part, the archbishop of Managua, Leopoldo Brenes, described as a “terrorist act” the fire declared this Friday in a chapel of the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Nicaraguan capital, which burned a historical image of the Blood of Christ, in the country of Catholic majority.
“This is what I want to say, clearly, it is a terrorist act to intimidate the Church in its evangelizing mission,” said Brenes, who in July 2018 denounced that the Catholic Church is persecuted by the government of President Daniel Ortega.
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Just Friday, Cardinal Brenes reiterated to the priests and believers to be vigilant and vigilant in the care of their chapels, after the desecration that occurred against two parishes in the Archdiocese of Managua.
These desecrations have occurred after the Archdiocese of Managua announced the suspension of the popular festivities in honor of Santo Domingo de Guzmán, the largest in Nicaragua, to avoid crowds, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, between 1 and next August 10.
The announcement of the Archdiocese came when different government institutions promoted massive activities, as part of the festivities for Santo Domingo de Guzmán.
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“What happened has been a painful wound to the heart of the Nicaraguan Catholic people,” said the influential auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Managua, Silvio Báez, exiled since 2019 after receiving death threats, allegedly from groups linked to the government of President Daniel Ortega.
The Superior Council of Private Enterprise (Cosep) affirmed that the attack joins other “acts of vandalism that in recent days have been carried out against Catholic temples in other cities of the country, which represent a serious persecution against the Catholic Church, its leaders. and the parishioners, attacking the religious freedom established by our Constitution. “
The differences between the Catholic Church and Ortega were verified by Saint John Paul II on his first visit to Nicaragua, in 1983, under the former mandate of the ex-guerrilla, when the so-called “Sandinista mobs” insulted the then pontiff, until he raised his voice to silence them.
The Episcopate has suspended massive religious activities since 2018, first due to the insecurity that persists in Nicaragua due to the presence of paramilitaries and the capture of people who supposedly violate the norm of not criticizing Ortega, and later to prevent the spread of the pandemic of COVID-19.