AMERICA/NICARAGUA - Parishes in a critical economic situation, but they do not stop aid to the poorest

Thursday, 29 October 2020 coronavirus   poverty   area crisis   economy   politics   local churches  


Managua (Agenzia Fides) - Due to the pandemic, the economic situation in Nicaragua has become increasingly serious for many families and especially for the poorest, but also for parishes that live from the offerings of the faithful.
Archbishop of Managua, Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes, confirmed in an interview with the newspaper "La Prensa": "For our 115 parishes in the Archdiocese of Managua it is becoming more and more difficult to meet the obligations for basic services and maintenance of the parish infrastructure. "I spoke with the priests", said the Cardinal, "and they told me that parishes cannot pay their electricity and water bills even if they give up their salary, and that this is only possible with the help of the faithful. And we know that despite everything, the cost of services has increased".
Despite this, "many parishes continue to try to distribute food to the poorest, who are most affected by this pandemic", stressed Cardinal Brenes.
The Vicar General of the Archdiocese, Mgr Carlos Aviles, also complained to the press that the cost of services have increased and are excessive and that donations could not be collected due to the closure of churches, which is why the situation of the parishes is often critical.
In these days, the Minister of Public Credit presented the national budget to the National Assembly, highlighting that the country is experiencing a severe economic crisis. The specialized press reported that this economic crisis dates back to April 2018, after the government's violent repression of popular protests forced many companies to close and removed foreign investment from the country. Now due to the pandemic, the crisis has worsened further. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 29/10/2020)