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Pope Encourages Efforts Towards Democracy in Nicaragua

As Well as the Process of National Dialogue

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While violent protests against President Daniel Ortega continue in Nicaragua, Pope Francis has encouraged the process of democratic dialogue.
During the Angelus, on July 1, 2018, the Holy Father said: “Renewing my prayer for the beloved people of Nicaragua, I wish to unite myself to the efforts underway by the country’s bishops and many persons of good will, in their role of mediation and witness for the current process of national dialogue on the path of democracy.”
The Pontiff already hoped for dialogue on April 22, when he said: “I express my closeness in prayer to that country, and I join the Bishops in calling for the ceasing of all violence, so that the useless spilling of blood is avoided and so that the open questions are resolved peacefully and with a sense of responsibility. “

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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': or

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