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Nicaragua’s bishops to meet with Ortega, declare days of prayer

Catholic World News - May 15, 2014

On May 21, Nicaragua’s bishops, along with the apostolic nuncio, will meet with President Daniel Ortega, whom a bishop recently said has undertaken a “devious persecution” of the Church.

Ortega, a leader of the Marxist Sandinistas who overthrew the authoritarian regime of Gen. Anastasio Somoza Debayle, ruled Nicaragua from the 1979 Sandinista takeover until his loss in the 1990 presidential election. Ortega won the presidential elections of 2006 and 2011.

The bishops have declared three days of prayer in preparation for the meeting: on May 15, Eucharistic adoration and the offering of Masses; on May 17, prayers to the Blessed Virgin Mary; on May 18, the offering of all Masses for the success of the dialogue.

On May 21, the day of the meeting, the bishops have directed that the Blessed Sacrament be exposed all day for the adoration of the faithful.

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