The Nicaraguan Vice President, Rosario Murillo, thanked Pope Francis today for his message about reconciliation in this country, which is immersed in a sociopolitical crisis that has left hundreds dead and detained since last April.
"How much we appreciate those beautiful words and how much commitment there is in our Nicaragua to fulfill those words," said Murillo, wife of the country's president, Daniel Ortega, through official media.
Pope Francis wished that Venezuela could find "concord" and that "reconciliation" could come to Nicaragua, wishes expressed in his traditional Christmas message delivered from the central Lodge of St. Peter's Basilica.
Francis prayed that "in front of the Child Jesus, the inhabitants of the beloved Nicaragua rediscover brothers, so that divisions and discords will not prevail, but that all strive to favor reconciliation and to build together the future of the country."
Murillo took up these words of the Pope to "promote harmony, reconciliation and together build the future of Nicaragua in a culture of precisely encounter, reconciliation, peace and goodwill, that generates practices of encounter, respect, brotherhood, in all of our Nicaragua. "
"We deeply appreciate that beautiful message that we all commit ourselves to make a reality in our country," he continued.
Also, the vice president said they have asked God "the victory of love, reconciliation and peace" in the midst of the crisis.
He considered that God is blessing the Nicaraguans "with security, with peace, and with goodwill".
He stressed that at Christmas thousands of Nicaraguans moved on beaches, rivers, recreational centers, and from municipality to municipality to visit their families, "celebrating, thanking God for security, for peace, for goodwill, for the affection that lives and reigns in our Nicaragua. "
Nicaragua is experiencing a social and political crisis that has generated protests against the Ortega government and a balance of between 325 and 545 deaths, according to local and foreign human rights organizations, while the Executive figure in 199 deaths.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (Acnudh) and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) have blamed the government for "more than 300 deaths," as well as extrajudicial executions, torture, obstruction of medical care , arbitrary detentions, kidnappings and sexual violence, among other violations of human rights.
Ortega has denied the accusations and has assured that it is an attempt of "coup d'état".
The demonstrations against Ortega and Murillo began on April 18 due to failed social security reforms and became a demand for the president's resignation.