Masaya (Agenzia Fides) - Fides received a video message from Mgr. Silvio José Báez, Auxiliary Bishop of Managua with the title "Addressing the pandemic: responsibility, serenity and trust in God" where, after advising the faithful to follow the Church indications, denounces the government's lack of management during this emergency: "At the moment, those in power are promoting contagion, that is to say they have not stopped anything that encourages it: sports, gatherings, political meetings…".
The Bishop recalls that the country is in a vulnerable situation due to the repression of the government after the 2018 civil protests that caused a wave of deaths, exiles, political prisoners, damage to the economy ... And this context has worsened with the Covid-19 pandemic.
Nicaragua continues to experience a situation of serious tension in the face of the health emergency: the population follows the advice of priests and bishops in order to be able to deal with this pandemic.
Father Harving Padilla, parish priest of San Giovanni Battista on Masaya, made statements to the local press, sent to Fides, to inform that there are positive cases of Covid-19 in his parish. The parish priest said that despite government officials do not inform about the real situation in the country, the faithful ask for prayers for members of their sick families in different neighborhoods in Masaya where Covid cases are increasing.
"It is necessary for our people to be able to follow the guidelines of the Church and the World Health Organization, such as washing hands, using alcohol gel and staying at home", said the priest.
The Archdiocese of Managua reiterated in a statement the need to maintain social distancing and follow through social networks, advice and celebrations in the various parishes of the archdiocese. On Facebook these days, Father Boanerges Carballo Madrigal, Episcopal Vicar of pastoral care and parish priest of the church of Santo Domingo de Guzmán in Las Sierritas, and Father Leonel Alfaro, coordinator of the Commission for communication of the Archdiocese of Managua and parish vicar of the Church of Jesus of Divine Mercy, illustrated the virtual strategies of the church at the time of Covid-19.
The population of Nicaragua, despite the pandemic crisis and the country's economic crisis, has started to use social networks a lot. "We see the need to combine the technical part of the use of social networks, which are the places where we meet the faithful, where there are people who listen to us, who see us, who pray with us, and who cannot be neglected", said Father Alfaro. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 12/5/2020)