President of American Bishops for International Justice and Peace Expresses Solidarity with Church in Nicaragua
WASHINGTON — As threats to the Catholic Church in Nicaragua grow amid the local social and political crisis, Bishop David J. Malloy of Rockford, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace States (USCCB), issued the following statement:
“In 2018, Bishop Timothy P. Broglio traveled to Nicaragua to express USCCB solidarity with our brother bishops in that country. In his homily at Managua Cathedral, he memorably said, “I see the commitment of your bishops as a sign of God’s love.” In recent weeks, the Nicaraguan bishops have once again heroically demonstrated the enduring validity of this sentiment.
“In light of the growing crisis, Monsignor Juan Antonio Cruz Serrano, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the Organization of American States, recently stated that “the Holy See cannot fail to express its concern”, and he called on “the parties to find ways of understanding, based on respect and mutual trust, seeking above all the common good and peace.
“Today I express our unwavering solidarity with our brothers in the Nicaraguan episcopate, as well as with their foreign priests and missionaries, in their call to freely proclaim the Gospel and to live the faith. The faith of the Nicaraguan people , in solidarity with its bishops and priests, is a source of inspiration for all of us.