Matagalpa, 20 August, 2022 / 10:30 am (ACI Africa).
The archbishop of Managua, Nicaragua, Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes, met with the bishop of Matagalpa, Rolando Álvarez, hours after the bishop had been abducted by the Daniel Ortega dictatorship during the early hours of August 19.
In a statement released August 19, the archbishop reported that the "physical condition" of Álvarez "has deteriorated," but "his mind and spirit are strong."
In its message August 19, the archdiocese of Managua expressed "its solidarity and closeness with the sister diocese of Matagalpa, in the face of the sad event experienced this morning."
“The Archbishop Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes had the opportunity to visit and talk with Bishop Álvarez in a residence of his relatives, showing his fraternal esteem in the name of our Nicaraguan church,” the archdiocese said.
The bishop is being held there under house arrest.