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Nicaraguan bishops to pray for exorcism as violence continues

As attacks on Catholic clergy continue and anti-government protesters are besieged by Nicaraguan police and paramilitaries, the bishops said they would pray an exorcism prayer.

The bishops said 20th July would be a day of prayer and fasting “as an act of atonement for the profanation carried out in recent months against God.” On that day, “We will pray the prayer of exorcism to St Michael Archangel.”

On 15th July, the vehicle of Bishop Juan Mata Guevara of Esteli was shot as he travelled to the city of Nindiri, where he had hoped to stop an attack by police and paramilitaries. The bishop escaped unharmed but the vehicle’s tires were shot out and windows broken, said Fr Victor Rivas, executive secretary of the Nicaraguan bishops’ conference.

An attack on 14th July at the nearby National Autonomous University of Nicaragua campus in Managua left two students dead and injured 15 more. Some of the fleeing protesters sought shelter in Divine Mercy Church, where the injured were being treated, but armed assailants stopped ambulances from reaching the church.

‘In recent days, the repression and violence carried out by the pro-government paramilitaries against the people who protest civically has gotten worse…Today, like never before, human rights are being violated in Nicaragua,’ the bishops’ said in a 14th July statement.

Picture: People pray in front of police who block the entrance to Divine Mercy Catholic Church on 14th July, where students from the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua sought refuge in Managua. More than 200 students sought refuge in the church after police forced them out of the university, which had been occupied during two months of protests against the government of President Daniel Ortega. (CNS photo/Oswaldo Rivas, Reuters).

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