The Bishops’ Conference of Nicaragua has announced a week of prayer for the country at a time when the United Nations has warned of serious rights violations.
The week of prayer began Sept. 8, feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and will continue till Sept. 15 when Nicaragua celebrates its national independence.
While the theme for the week of prayer is “Justice and peace will kiss” inspired by Psalm 85, each day of the week will have its own special theme for prayer — Sunday Sept. 8: dedicated to children and catechists; Monday Sept. 9: for farmers; Tuesday 10: clergy, religious and pastoral workers; Wednesday 11: lay movements; Thursday 12: families; Friday 13: penitential celebration for all; Saturday 14: the sick; Sunday 15: youth and prayer for authorities.
Bishop Rolando José Álvarez Lagos of Matagalpa invited everyone join in the prayer and “to make ours the sufferings of the poor, the hungry, those who are society’s marginalized due to the arrogance of the strong.”
According to an AFP report, U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet and her office reported a wide range of violations committed in Nicaragua since April 2018, when opposition protests turned into a popular uprising that was met with a brutal crackdown.
The U.N. recorded more than 300 people killed, some 2,000 injured and some 800 imprisoned at the height of the crisis. Moreover, some 80,000 people have had to flee the country.