Nicaragua expels Mother Theresa's nuns in latest crackdown

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By Vanessa Buschschlüter
BBC News

Nuns of the Missionaries of Charity, established by Mother Teresa, get  successful  Costa Rica aft  Nicaragua's authorities  unopen  down   their enactment     on  with different   charities and civilian  organizations, successful  Penas Blancas, Costa Rica July 6, 2022.Image source, Reuters

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The nuns crossed connected ft into neighbouring Costa Rica

Nuns from the bid founded by Mother Theresa person near Nicaragua aft their organisation was stripped of its ineligible status.

They were escorted by constabulary to the borderline and crossed into neighbouring Costa Rica connected foot.

Their organisation is among the latest to beryllium unopen down arsenic portion of a crackdown connected anyone deemed to reason President Daniel Ortega.

The Catholic Church has been outspoken astir quality rights abuses successful Nicaragua.


Local media said 18 nuns from the Missionaries of Charity were driven to the borderline successful a autobus escorted by migration officials and constabulary officers.

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The Missionaries of Charity had been successful Nicaragua since 1988

The radical had been stripped of its ineligible presumption connected 28 June by the Nicaraguan parliament, wherever members of President Ortega 's Sandinista enactment are successful the majority.

The nuns had been moving with the mediocre successful Nicaragua since 1988 and ran a children's nursery, a location for abused and abandoned girls and a nursing home.

A authorities section which oversees non-governmental organisations accused it of "not gathering its obligations" to state the provenance of its funds.

More than 200 organisations person been unopen down successful Nicaragua since 2018 for allegedly breaching with strict caller laws astir funding.

Among those closed down is the renowned Nicaraguan Academy of Language arsenic good arsenic a aesculapian foundation providing surgeries for children with cleft palates.

Tension betwixt the authorities of Daniel Ortega and the Catholic Church has been precocious ever since clergy sheltered students protesting against President Ortega during a question of anti-government protests successful 2018.

In 2019, the outspoken auxiliary bishop of Managua, Silvio Báez, near the state aft receiving respective decease threats.

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Silvio Báez cried arsenic helium delivered his past Mass successful Managua

And much recently, successful March, the authorities expelled the Apostolic Nuncio - the Catholic Church's equivalent to an ambassador - successful a determination the Vatican called an "unjustified unilateral measure".

President Ortega himself has accused Catholic clergy of being "coup mongers" and called them "devils successful cassocks".

The 76-year-old is successful his 4th consecutive word successful bureau aft winning a 2021 statesmanlike predetermination wide denounced arsenic a sham.

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