Weekly Report - 16 March 2023 (WR-23-11)

NICARAGUA: Church ties hit nadir

Nicaragua is the only predominantly Christian country in the world without diplomatic relations with the Holy See after President Daniel Ortega ordered the suspension of bilateral ties in the wake of criticism from Pope Francis. Ties have deteriorated sharply as senior ecclesiastical figures in Nicaragua have spoken out against the Ortega government’s repressive crackdown on dissent in recent years and it has retaliated with expulsion orders and imprisonment.

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