On Tuesday 12 September, at the General Curia and in
the presence of the members of Father General’s Extended Council, we had the
opportunity to learn about the situation of the Jesuits in Nicaragua.
The Society of Jesus has been repeatedly attacked by
the Sandinista government of Daniel Ortega, particularly since the mass
demonstrations of May 2018: the withdrawal of the budget of the UCA (Central
American University) in Managua and police takeover of the campus, the exile of
its Rector in Mexico when his passport was not renewed, the closure of two
works in 2021, continuous attacks in the government-controlled media. After 10
August, the attacks and expropriations have been even worse.
In the first part of the session, Fr. Jesús Zaglul,
Assistant to Father General for Northern Latin America, presented an
illustrated historical overview of Nicaragua from 1936, with the start of the
43 years of the Somoza family dictatorship, to the present day. It is a story
of armed tensions that led to the hopeful triumph of the Sandinista
revolutionary forces, born in 1961 to combat the repression and abuses of the dictatorship,
but which did not come to power until 1979.
first, most Jesuits supported the Sandinista revolution. But later they also
denounced the abuses of Daniel Ortega’s regime, which has become increasingly
authoritarian, repressive and corrupt.