The Vatican closes its diplomatic delegation in Nicaragua

By Le Figaro with AFP


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The Vatican’s chargé d’affaires in Nicaragua, Monsignor Marcel Mbaye Diouf, left the country on Friday and closed the diplomatic delegation, reported Saturday. Vatican News , in a context of tensions between Managua and the Holy See. “Yesterday, March 17, the chargé d’affaires ai, Monsignor Marcel Diouf, left the country and settled in Costa Rica“, has indicated Vatican Newsadding that “under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, the custody of the Apostolic Nunciature and its property was entrusted to the Italian Republic».

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Bishop Marcel Mbaye Diouf had last year replaced the Apostolic Nuncio (Ambassador of the Pope) in Managua, Bishop Waldemar Sommertag, who had left the country. This closurefollows a request from the Nicaraguan government dated March 10says Vatican News. In response to statements by Pope Francis, the Nicaraguan foreign ministry said that “a suspension of diplomatic relations is being considered».

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Francis called”gross dictatorshipthe regime of President Daniel Ortega, in an interview with the Argentine daily Infobae. “With all due respect, I have no choice but to believe that this leader suffers from an imbalancesaid the Pope again, who had said to himself in FebruaryWorriedafter Bishop Rolando Alvarez was sentenced to 26 years in prison and the deportation of 222 opponents to the United States, including for “violation of national integrity».

The pope’s statements intervened after the closure by Nicaraguan authorities of two universities linked to the Catholic Church.

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