The dictatorship of Daniel Ortega prohibited two priests from returning to Nicaragua from Lisbon, Portugal, where they participated in World Youth Day, a lawyer who has conducted research into the human rights abuses of the regime reported.
Lawyer and researcher Martha Patricia Molina said that Father Tomás Sergio Zamora Calderón and Father William Mora were returning to Nicaragua after participating in World Youth Day (WYD) in Lisbon, Aug.1-6, attended by Pope Francis and more than a million young people from around the world, including a delegation from Nicaragua.
“The priest Tomás Sergio Zamora Calderón, pastor of the Our Lord of the Miracles Parish, belonging to the Diocese of León, attended WYD2023 (Lisbon, Portugal) and upon his return today the dictatorship prohibited him from entering Nicaragua,” Molina reported Aug. 11 on X, the social network formerly known as Twitter.
Molina said that the community “is dismayed by the news because he was a dynamic priest and very close to his people.”
Regarding Mora, the researcher reported that “the Sandinista dictatorship prohibited his entry into the national territory” after having also participated in WYD Lisbon 2023.
Mora is pastor of the Christ the King-Ubu Norte Paiwas parish in the Diocese of Siuna, and is in charge of youth ministry. The priest “had an active pastoral life in his community that now wonders what will become of them without their pastor,” Molina wrote on X.