Nicaraguan Bishop Arrested

 Pictures of the bishop, priests and seminarians who were arrested by the Communist Ortega regime in Nicaragua.

A convoy of at least eight patrol cars took Matagalpa Bishop Rolando Álvarez, Nicaragua, into custody on August 19 (3am) after he had been under house arrest for a fortnight.

Church bells were rung everywhere to alert the faithful to what was happening, and people began praying in the cathedral. Álvarez is being investigated for "inciting violence".

He is a critic of the Ortega government and is the focus of police persecution. Catholic radio stations across the country have been closed.

Ortega's police says that he continued "destabilizing and provoking" actions and was taken to Managua where he is under house arrest. He was visited by Managua Cardinal Brenes.

Meanwhile, 26 former heads of state and government from the international non-governmental forum IDEA have appealed to Francis to take a "firm stance" in Nicaragua. The signatories include neoconservatives such as Aznar (Spain), Macri (Argentina), Piñera and Frei (Chile), Calderon (Mexico) and Chinchilla (Costa Rica).