The Missionaries of Charity must leave Nicaragua with other NGOs

According to a government report, the nuns did not fulfill some legal obligations, violated anti-money laundering legislation, terrorist financing and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and were not accredited by the Ministry of Family Affairs for the management of their activities. In a tweet the disappointment of the Auxiliary Bishop of Managua Monsignor Baez

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The Government of Nicaragua has, by decree, ordered the cancellation of the legal personality of 101 NGOs, including the Missionaries of Charity Association. Parliament has ratified the law and the sisters of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who were engaged in various structures for children, young people and the elderly in need and without subsistence, must now leave the country. According to a report by the Directorate-General for Registration and Control of Non-Profit Associations of the Ministry of the Interior, the nuns did not fulfill some legal obligations and violated the legislation against money laundering, terrorist financing and the financing of the proliferation of weapons of Mass destruction. The report also states that the Charity Missionary Association is not accredited by the Ministry of Family Affairs for the management of its activities and that it does not have the permission of the Ministry of Education to do so in the educational field. The executive also claims that the sisters did not report fixed assets or disclose the activities carried out in the city of Granada, and that their income from donations does not match the documents presented. In addition, the board of directors of their association consists exclusively of citizens of other nationalities, while the new law 1115, which regulates NGOs, stipulates that only 25% come from abroad.

A decision that is “very sad”

Last March, the apostolic nuncio, Monsignor Waldemar Stanislaw Sommertag, who has been in Managua since 2018, was expelled from the country. A measure that appears “incomprehensible” to the Holy See, which in a statement highlights the “deep commitment to the well-being of the Church and the Nicaraguan people, especially the vulnerable people” of Nuncio, in an attempt to always “favor good relations” “. between the Apostolic See and the Nicaraguan authorities. “Monsignor Silvio José Baez, Assistant Bishop of Managua, expressed in a tweet his regret over the expulsion of the nuns. of the charity of Teresa of Calcutta forced to leave the country – wrote the Prelate, who also published a photo of her along with the nuns -. Nothing justifies depriving the charity of the poor. They are a testament to the loving service provided by the sisters. God bless you. The Latin American Confederation of Religious Affairs also expressed its solidarity with the nuns in a tweet, saying that “this incomprehensible situation” unites and strengthens “to continue to call for the poorest, who today face the consequences of this decision by the Nicaraguan government suffer. “

The missions of the sisters of Mother Teresa of Calcutta in the country

Charity missionaries have been present in the Central American country since 1988, when Mother Teresa of Calcutta went to visit Daniel Ortega, then President. Since then, the sisters have provided the poorest uninterrupted service. In Granada, they ran a shelter for abandoned or abused teenagers, to whom they provided psychological help and schooling. The nuns also taught music, theater, sewing and other crafts to integrate the youth into the society. In Managua, in addition to a nursing home, they developed a project for students at risk, mostly children of working women from popular markets, while in a crèche caring for children from low-income families. Income, mainly single mothers or street vendors. The 101 organizations that are being forced to close these days are in addition to more than 750 organizations that the government has denied legal status to in recent years. Last May, it was the turn of the John XXIII Institute, affiliated with the University of Central America (UCA), which helped approximately 400,000 people with its housing programs, its global ecology projects and, above all, health care. In early June, however, Merced, a Catholic network of the Diocese of Matagalpa, had to stop its television broadcasts.

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