Dictatorship in Nicaragua withholds more than $500,000 donated by CRS to the Church

A recent investigation by the Nicaraguan newspaper El Confidencial revealed that the dictatorship of Daniel Ortega has withheld more than half a million dollars that was donated to the Church in Estelí by the US bishops’ humanitarian aid agency Catholic Relief Services (CRS).

The independent media reported on June 2 that according to sources with ties to the diocese, the donation of $563,206 was legally made on June 14, 2012, to Estelí Caritas when Abelardo Mata was diocesan bishop.

The charity, whose legal personhood was cancelled by the National Assembly on Feb 7, 2022, agreed to a “total donation” of the money to the Diocese of Estelí, whose apostolic administrator is Bishop Rolando Álvarez.

The prelate was unjustly sentenced in February to 26 years and four months in prison, charged with treason by the regime.

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