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Communiqué of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Conference Mexico, Panama, Central America and the Caribbean 

We express our regret for the situation that our brothers of Nicaragua are currently facing, and particularly for the youth, laity, religious, religious, priests and bishops of the Church. The persecution, repression, siege and violence they suffer are our suffering and of God. 

We also express our solidarity with our sister country in search of peace and justice. We are with our Nicaraguan brothers in their struggle of liberation because we believe that God walks along with all those who are just, compassionate and peaceful. 

Thereby, we make appeal to the government of President Daniel Ortega to establish peace and the good of every one of the people without any discrimination, as it is the mission of a political leader. Let repression, impunity, violence cease, freedom, justice, and solidarity come, respect for life dawn, and forgiveness and open dialogue flourish. 

We ask the International Community, humanitarian organizations and, above all, the UN to cooperate decisively in the establishment of the peace and democracy of Nicaragua by the means that correspond to them. They are the demands made by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michele Bachelet in her report on the situation in Nicaragua, as well as in the report of the OAS (Organization of American States) Special Commission on this country

We are in communion with the communiqués of the Latin American Episcopal Conference (CELAM), Paz a Nicaragua. The Conference of Latin America and the Caribbean, A Mission of reconciliation in justice, the Episcopal Conference of Costa Rica and Guatemala, have joined their voices to that of the Bishops of Nicaragua expressing their concern about the political crisis in which they are. Together with them, we want to read the signs of the times, through which the God of Love and Peace commits us to each other to work together for the lives of all without exclusion. In the words of Mons. Casaldáliga, it’s a prophecy that pushes us to create another economy that is integral, ecological, intercultural and to be at the service of better life and coexistence in the construction of human fulfillment. We also want to add the Fraternal care of the entire creation. 

We always pray for one another, the peoples and their rulers and particularly today for Nicaragua. While celebrating the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of St. Mary, the national patron of all Nicaraguans, we feel the intercession of Our Mother who carries her children in her arms, and that the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ Our Lord dwells in all and inspires the lasting reconciliation between the rulers and the people. 

December 8, 2019 
On the Solemnity of Immaculate Conception of Mary 

Br. Flavio Chávez García, OFM
President of the
Santa María de Guadalupe Conference

Br. Juan Antonio Orozco Alvarado, OFM
JPIC Coordinator of the Santa María de Guadalupe Conference