The Vatican closed its embassy in Nicaragua due to the request of the Nicaraguan government dated March 10.
The Vatican’s embassy office in the capital of Nicaragua, Managua, was closed and Monsignor Marcel Mbaye Diouf, chargé d'affaires, moved to Costa Rica on March 17.
The Vatican responded a week after the Nicaraguan government’s proposal to suspend relations with the Holy See.
The representatives of the European Union, Germany, France, and Italy accredited to Nicaragua gave a farewell salute to Msgr. Diouf before he left Nicaragua.
According to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, the Italian Republic was given custody of the Apostolic Nunciature and its assets.
The government had deported the Apostolic Nuncio in Nicaragua, Polish Archbishop Waldemar Stanislaw Sommertag, and 18 Missionaries of Charity in 2022.
On August 21, 2022, Pope Francis appealed to Nicaragua’s political leaders in the context of sentence of Bishop Rolando José Álvarez Lagos of Matagalpa to 26 years of imprisonment and the expulsion of 222 political detainees.
The government of President Daniel Ortega banned the traditional public processions of the Way of the Cross during the Lenten season in Nicaragua. - With inputs from Vatican News
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