August 17, 1991 |
Two hundred fifty workers began laying the foundation this month for a new Roman Catholic cathedral here. The start of construction of the mammoth structure has unleashed a storm of controversy about its design and political implications. A wide range of Nicaraguans, including several prominent supporters of conservative Cardinal Miguel Obando y Bravo, have criticized the new cathedral--paid for by a U.S. pizza magnate--as an example of cultural imperialism.
August 19, 1988 |
The Sandinista authorities will allow Nicaragua's Roman Catholic radio station to resume religious programming today but have continued a five-week-old ban on its newscasts. The decision, announced Thursday, marked a narrowing of last month's clampdown on critics of the revolutionary government. Thirty-eight people arrested at a violent anti-Sandinista rally July 10 are still in jail awaiting trial, but the three other news outlets that were closed since then have reopened.
April 1, 1988 |
In an impassioned Holy Week appeal, Nicaragua's Roman Catholic primate admonished Sandinista and rebel leaders Thursday not to betray the hopes raised by their preliminary peace accord. "The government and the resistance have given their word before the Nicaraguan people and the world," Cardinal Miguel Obando y Bravo said. "To break their word would be to lose credibility forever and pass into the darkest pages of history."
August 26, 1987 |
President Daniel Ortega on Tuesday announced that the government would permit the return of three Roman Catholic priests exiled by the Sandinistas. He called the decision "a gesture of good will." This is the first step the Sandinista government has taken toward complying with the provisions of the Central American peace plan that was signed on Aug. 7. Ortega, speaking at a news conference, also announced the creation of the National Reconciliation Commission, another key element in the plan.
July 6, 1987 |
This country's Roman Catholic primate, Cardinal Miguel Obando y Bravo, on Sunday questioned the Sandinista government's version of the death of a Franciscan priest in a northern battle zone. In his Sunday sermon, Obando y Bravo offered his condolences to the Franciscan Order over the death of Tomas Agustin Zabaleta, a Salvadoran killed Friday when his vehicle hit a land mine 70 miles north of Managua. The government said the mine was planted by U.S.
September 13, 1987 |
Two Roman Catholic priests expelled from Nicaragua for criticizing the Sandinista government returned Saturday night to a jubilant welcome by hundreds of parishioners who shouted "Christianity si, Communism no!" Church leaders said the homecoming was a first step toward national reconciliation under a Central American peace accord calling for democratic reforms and an end to the war in Nicaragua by Nov. 7.