Lord, have mercy.
Bishop Silvio José Báez, auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Managua, Nicaragua was attacked by a mob while defending the Basilica of San Sebastián in Diriamba. He posted his harrowing story on Twitter along with pictures of his bloodied wounds.
According to Vatican News, Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes of Managua and Archbishop Waldemar Stanislaw Sommertag, the Apostolic Nuncio to Nicaragua, were also “roughed up.”
Here’s BishopSilvio José Báez’s tweet:
Translated into English, it reads: “Besieged by a mob who wanted to enter the Basilica of San Sebastián in Diriamba, I was wounded, beaten in the stomach, had my episcopal insignia snatched from me, and was verbally assaulted. I’m fine, thank God. The basilica and those who were there were kept safe.”
The conflict happened because the church was sheltering anti-government protesters, and the mob was composed of “pro-government paramilitaries.”
You can read more about the conflict on Vatican News.