On March 11, the Holy See published a press release after the government of Ortega withdrew its acceptance of Sommertag as the pope’s representative, a position he held in Managua since 2018.
The Holy See explained that it had received “with surprise and pain the communication that the Government of Nicaragua has decided to withdraw its consent” for Sommertag to be the nuncio, “forcing him to leave the country immediately after notifying him of that measure.”
Sommertag was appointed apostolic nuncio to Nicaragua on Feb. 15, 2018, at a time when the country was in a serious social and political crisis that later led to massive anti-government demonstrations. The Ortega government responded by cracking down hard on the demonstrators in several cities, including Managua, the capital. More than 300 people were killed in the repression, according to local human-rights groups.
The nuncio participated as a witness in the second stage of talks between the government and the…