Image: Managua’s Bishop Silvio Baez greets faithful during a resurrection mass in Esquipulas, April 21, 2019.
MANAGUA, NICARAGUA —
A Roman Catholic bishop who has been outspoken in his criticism of President Daniel Ortega over Nicaragua’s political standoff left the country Tuesday after being called to the Vatican indefinitely by Pope Francis.
Speaking at Managua’s international airport, where no members of the country’s Bishops’ Conference were on hand to bid a farewell, Managua auxiliary Bishop Silvio Baez told journalists and supporters that he was leaving with “my heart broken into pieces.”
“It hurts me to leave, but my heart remains here and I will always be following (the situation in Nicaragua) closely,” Baez said. “As many times as may be necessary and as often as Pope Francis asks me to speak with him, I will give him my vision of reality in the most objective manner possible.”
Baez, 60, who celebrated his last Mass in Nicaragua on Sunday, said he would visit relatives in Miami before traveling to Rome.