June 28, 2022

The Vatican on Saturday protested to Nicaragua over the efficient expulsion of its ambassador to Managua, saying the unilateral motion was unjustified and incomprehensible.

Archbishop Waldemar Sommertag, who was ambassador since 2018, needed to depart the nation abruptly this week after the federal government of President Daniel Ortega withdrew its diplomatic approval of the envoy, recognized in diplomatic language as an agr?ment.

Sommertag had been essential of the Central American nation’s slide away from democracy.

“(The Holy See) is satisfied that such a grave, unjustified and unilateral measure doesn’t replicate the feelings of the Nicaraguan individuals, who’re profoundly Christian,” the Vatican mentioned in a press release.

It was the newest in a collection of actions taken towards Sommertag by the Ortega authorities.

In November, Ortega stripped Sommertag of his title and function as dean of the diplomatic corps, in what diplomats noticed as a retaliation for feedback made by the native Church management criticizing the federal government.

In lots of nations of Catholic custom, the dean’s place is held mechanically by the Vatican envoy, referred to as a nuncio, no matter how lengthy he has been within the nation.

Sommertag, a 54-year-old Pole, has overtly supported the native Church in its place defending democracy within the nation.

Ortega, a Chilly Conflict-era former Marxist guerrilla chief who has held workplace since 2007, clinched a fourth consecutive time period in November after jailing political rivals forward of elections that have been extensively condemned as not being free.

Nicaragua’s Catholic bishops convention issued a press release earlier than the elections that mentioned the nation was missing “the essential and indispensable situations to be able to maintain free, truthful and clear elections.”

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The archdiocese of Managua additionally had denounced what it referred to as the systematic violation of political and constitutional rights in addition to “threats to the Catholic Church (and) offences towards its clergymen and bishops.”