May 12, 2021

The Nicaraguan priest attacked with acid by a Russian woman leaves intensive care

The Nicaraguan priest attacked with acid by a Russian woman leaves intensive care



The Nicaraguan priest Mario Guevara, who was attacked with sulfuric acid by a Russian citizen, left intensive care after several weeks in a delicate state, the Archdiocese of Managua reported today.

"The doctors have informed the cardinal (Leopoldo Brenes) that the medical condition of the priest is stable, and they have transferred him from the Intensive Care Unit to a minimal care room," the Archdiocese of Managua said in a statement.

The cardinal confirmed this morning that Guevara, who had complications when receiving skin grafts due to several chronic health conditions, showed clear symptoms of recovery.

"Saturday has improved, has begun to take its first steps," said Brenes, during the Sunday Mass in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Managua.

Guevara, 59, was attacked by Elis Leonidovna Gonn, 24 years old and originally from Russia, during a confession session in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Managua, on December 5.

The priest, who suffered burns on his face and part of his body, was given grafts last Sunday.

The attack occurred on December 5, after a man, identified as Ramón Mercedes Cabrera, posted on social networks a video with strong threats against the Nicaraguan cardinal Leopoldo Brenes "and anyone who is Catholic", in which he also affirms that counts on the "support of the Front (Sandinista de Liberacion Nacional, FSLN)", government party.

The clergy ruled out that the attack was caused exclusively for political reasons.

The aggressor, who is in custody awaiting trial against him, received the pardon of the priest Guevara, according to ecclesiastical authorities.

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