The Missionaries of Charity will have to leave Nicaragua together with other NGOs

According to a government report, the nuns have failed to comply with some legal obligations, violate anti-money laundering, terrorist financing and proliferation weapons of mass destruction, and are not accredited by the Ministry of Family Management. their activities. . In a tweet the disappointment of the auxiliary bishop of Managua, Bishop Báez

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The government of Nicaragua has ordered, with a decree, the cancellation of the legal personality of 101 NGOs, including the association Missionaries of Charity. Parliament has ratified the law and the sisters of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who are engaged in different structures for children, young people and the elderly in need and without means of subsistence, must now leave the country. According to a report by the General Directorate of Registration and Control of Non-Profit Organizations of the Ministry of the Interior, the nuns have not complied with some legal obligations and are in breach of anti-money laundering, terrorist financing and terrorist financing legislation. proliferation of weapons. of mass destruction. The report also specifies that the association of Missionaries of Charity is not accredited by the Ministry of Family for the management of its activities and that it does not have the authorization of the Ministry of Education to carry it out in the educational field. The executive also maintains that the sisters have not reported any fixed assets or have disclosed 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 its association is made up exclusively of citizens of other nationalities, while the new law 1115, which regulates NGOs, states that only 25% can come from abroad.

A decision that “saddens a lot”

In the country, last March, the apostolic nuncio, Bishop Waldemar Stanislaw Sommertag, who has been in Managua since 2018, was expelled. The government has decided to withdraw his approval, demanding that he leave the country immediately after the notification. of the disposition. A measure that seemed “incomprehensible” in the Holy See that in a statement highlighted the “deep dedication to the good of the Church and the Nicaraguan people, especially the most vulnerable” by the nuncio, in an attempt to always favor “good relations.” between the Apostolic See and the Nicaraguan authorities. “Monsignor Silvio José Baez, Auxiliary Bishop of Managua, tweeted his regret at the expulsion of the nuns. the Charity of Teresa of Calcutta to leave the country – wrote the prelate who also published a photo of her along with the nuns. Nothing justifies depriving the poor of the care of charity. They are a testament to the loving service the sisters have rendered. God bless you. “The Latin American Confederation of Religious has also tweeted its solidarity with the nuns, saying that” this incomprehensible situation “unites and strengthens” to continue to call for the poorest, who today suffer the consequences of this decision of the government of Nicaragua “..”.

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 him and met with Daniel Ortega, also president at the time. Since then the sisters have offered uninterrupted service to the poorest. In Granada they managed a reception center for abandoned or abused adolescents to whom they gave psychological help and school training. The nuns also taught music, theater, sewing and other crafts to enable the integration of young people into society. In Managua, in addition to having created a nursing home, they have developed a project for students at risk, mostly children of women workers in popular markets, while in a nursery they cared for children of low-income families, mainly. single mothers or street vendors. The 101 organizations forced to close these days join the more than 750 organizations that the government has denied legality in recent years. Last May was the turn of the Joan XXIII Institute, linked to the University of Central America (UCA), which was helping about 400,000 people with its housing programs, its global ecology projects and, above all, the health care. In early June, however, Merced, a Catholic channel in the diocese of Matagalpa, had to stop its television broadcasts.

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