They accused him of “destabilizing the Nicaraguan State and attacking the constitutional authorities.” His words rang out like exorcisms…
HAVANA TIMES – In August of last year, when the wall of police pursuit began closing around Monsignor Rolando Alvarez, bishop of the Matagalpa diocese, but his message still reached the social networks, his voice could be heard – desolate but entirely composed – in a prayer that begins: “Lord, Lord… I come from a long night; I’m emerging from the salt waters. Have mercy. Solitude is a high wall that has closed me off from all horizons. I lift my eyes and I see nothing. My brothers turned their backs on me and left. All have left…”
The street in front of the Matagalpa curia was occupied by dozens of police; the corners were closed off and guarded by other police squads. They weren’t letting anyone bring food; they had cut off the electricity. In the company of a small group that had remained with him, Monsignor Alvarez waited for the moment when they would come in and take him prisoner. Within a short time, this indeed happened, and they took him as a prisoner to Managua. All this time, his fellow bishops from the Episcopal Conference remained silent.
By then, the parish priests from churches belonging to the Matagalpa diocese, and those of the Esteli diocese – also under Monsignor Alvarez’ authority due to a temporary vacancy – found themselves under persecution. Several would also be taken prisoner, while others fled into exile. The small radio and television station