Nicaragua government expels Vatican diplomat


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Daniel Ortega celebrates his re-inauguration as president of Nicaragua, Jan. 10, 2012. / Cancilleria del Ecuador by way of Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0). Vatican Metropolis, Mar 12, 2022 / 05:10 am (CNA). The Nicaraguan government has ended its approval for a Vatican diplomat in the nation, requiring his fast departure, the Vatican stated on Saturday.In a March 12 assertion the Vatican referred to as the decision an “incomprehensible” and “unjustified unilateral measure.”“The Holy See has acquired with great shock and remorse the communication that the Government of Nicaragua has decided to withdraw the approval (agrément) of H.E. Mons. Waldemar Stanislaw Sommertag, Apostolic Nuncio in Managua since 2018,” the Vatican stated.The 54-year-old Polish archbishop has been in the diplomatic service of the Holy See since 2000. He ended his service as apostolic nuncio to Nicaragua and left the nation on March 6, in line with the nunciature. Crux studies that Sommertag is now in Rome.The Vatican stated on Saturday that the archbishop was required to go away Nicaragua by the federal government of Daniel Ortega.“Such a measure appears incomprehensible as a result of throughout his mission H.E. Mgr. Sommertag has labored with deep dedication for the great of the Church and the Nicaraguan individuals, especially of probably the most weak individuals, all the time in search of to foster good relations between the Apostolic See and the Nicaraguan authorities,” the Holy See stated.The Vatican pointed particularly to Sommertag’s participation as a witness within the 2019 Nationwide Dialogue between the government and political opposition.“Whereas satisfied that this grave and unjustified unilateral measure doesn't mirror the emotions of the deeply Christian individuals of Nicaragua, the Holy See needs to reaffirm its full confidence in the Pontifical Consultant,” it said.The expulsion of the nuncio marks an extra deterioration of the diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Ortega’s authorities.In November 2021, Nicaraguan authorities issued a decree stripping Sommertag of the position and title of dean of the diplomatic corps. In traditionally Catholic nations, the position is usually held routinely by the papal nuncio.Reuters reported that some diplomatic sources thought the move was tied to the outspoken help for democracy by the Catholic Church in Nicaragua in recent times, especially leading as much as elections.