Missionaries of Charity expelled from Nicaragua arrive in Costa Rica


ROME – After the government of Daniel Ortega formally banned the work of the Missionaries of Charity in Nicaragua, the nuns were driven out of the country by the police.

Before 8 a.m. on Wednesday, July 6, the 15 nuns of the order founded by Mother Teresa of Calcutta left their homes in Managua, escorted by immigration authorities, reported La Prensa.

The government shut down the association that gave them legal status to work in Nicaragua in mid-June. Confirmed sources Node that most of the nuns deported on Wednesday are from India, but there are also members from Guatemala, the Philippines, Mexico, Ecuador and Spain.

Ortega’s deportation order came nearly four decades after he welcomed them into the country, following a visit from Mother Teresa.

La Prensa reported that the nuns went to Costa Rica, where the order has a religious house.

Bishop Manuel Eugenio Salazar Mora, of the Diocese of Tilaran, Costa Rica, confirmed the arrival of the nuns.

“Our diocese is open to receive them, thank you for your example, your dedication and your service to the poorest of the poor,” he wrote.

He also offered prayers for the Catholic Church in Nicaragua.

Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes of Managua released a statement on Monday lamenting the government’s decision to dissolve the Association of Missionaries of Charity in Nicaragua, which gave the religious order legal status in the country.

“We deeply regret the pain of so many of our brothers and sisters who will no longer have the attention they received from the sisters,” he said.

The sisters maintained a crèche, a home for abused and abandoned girls, and a home for the aged in the archdiocese. They also administered a shelter for abandoned and abused teenagers in southwestern Nicaragua, offering psychological help and comprehensive education, including teaching them trades to help them reintegrate into society.

According to a report by the General Directorate of Registration and Control of Nonprofit Organizations of the Ministry of the Interior, the Missionaries of Charity have failed to meet “their obligations” under the law that regulates them, as well as the law on money laundering, financing of terrorism and financing of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Another reason for the NGO’s dissolution, according to the Interior Ministry, is that its board of directors did not include enough Nicaraguan citizens. A law enacted two months ago stipulates that only 25% of board members can be foreigners.

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