Msgr. Bismarck Carballo, vicar for communications of the Archdiocese of Managua, has been prevented from returning to his homeland by decision of the Government of Nicaragua.
This action is not only a violation of Msgr. Carballo's rights as a citizen but appears directed as well against his bishop, Cardinal Miguel Obando y Bravo, and the right of the church to exercise its ministry freely.
I have met today with Msgr. Carballo and assured him of our support in his effort to return to Nicaragua. I urge the Nicaraguan authorities to reconsider this decision and allow Msgr. Carballo to return soon to his work in the Archdiocese of Managua.