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Crowds gather at Nicaragua cathedral despite crackdown on churches

by Sophie Drew

Despite a crackdown on churches in Nicaragua, the Roman Catholic Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes has attended an event of the Virgin of Fatima.

The event was supposed to end with a pilgrimage and a procession, but this was banned by police forces for ‘security reasons.’

The government has been exercising increased control over churches in the country, closing seven religious radio stations and placing a Catholic priest under house arrest.

A number of Catholic bishops in the country have condemned the action.

Despite having parts of the celebration banned, crowds still gathered in the atrium of the Magagua Metropolitan Cathedral. 

(Photos courtesy of Reuters) 

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