The government of Daniel Ortega is expelling the Missionaries of Charity, the religious order founded by Mother Teresa of Calcutta, from Nicaragua, accusing them, among other things, of violating the laws against money laundering, financing of terrorism and the proliferation of weapons .
The Missionaries of Charity Association was established in Nicaragua in 1988, under the first government of Ortega, after a visit to the country by Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
In Nicaragua, the order of Mother Teresa administers the Immaculate Heart of Mary Home, in the city of Granada, where they take in abandoned or abused adolescents and help them reintegrate into life. They also run a nursing home in the capital, Managua; a school reinforcement project for students at risk, and a nursery for families without resources.
However, there are more recent attacks by the regime on the Catholic Church. Last May, Ortega ordered the Nicaraguan Episcopal Conference television channel to be closed, just one day after Bishop Rolando Álvarez denounced on it that he was being persecuted by the government.
In early May, the Nicaraguan National Assembly, controlled by Daniel Ortega, approved a report accusing bishops and priests of participating in what it considers to be an attempted coup in 2018 and threatening to put those priests and bishops on trial.
Faced with this new attack by Ortega against the work of the Church, the auxiliary bishop of Managua, Silvio José Báez, has openly charged against the president’s decision.