An unknown suspect entered the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of Mary in Managua, Nicaragua on Friday, 31 July 2020 at approximately 11:00 a.m. during Eucharistic adoration in the Sangre de Cristo Chapel. According to witnesses, the male, wearing a balaclava, entered the chapel and said “I come to the Sangre de Cristo”, then threw an incendiary device.
In this chapel, the faithful venerate a miraculous image of the bleeding, crucified Christ known as “Sangre de Cristo.” It is reported that the image originated in Spain and was brought to Nicaragua in 1683 from Guatemala.
In 1996, Saint John Paul II visited the Chapel and venerated the image of the Crucified in a moment of solitary prayer and contemplation, as he so often did during his travels. During his remarks, the Holy Father said:
This church - the heart of the Archdiocese of Managua - in which you venerate with devotion the ancient image of “The Blood of Christ”, brought from Spain more than three centuries ago and which represents Jesus offering the Father on the cross all his blood and all his humanity, you desired that it should be presided over by the Risen Lord with the banner of his victory over sin and death. Do not forget this mystery of the death and resurrection when the fatigue, the loneliness, or the incomprehension of others may lower your enthusiasm or make your spirit waver. Do not doubt it: You are loved by the Lord and his love precedes and always accompanies you: his victory is a guarantee of ours!
Catholic media worldwide has covered the attack, which the archbishop, Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes, has denounced as a planned terrorist attack.
An unidentified man threw a firebomb into a chapel of Managua’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Friday, severely damaging the chapel and a devotional image of Christ more than three centuries old.
They attack the image of Christ because he is nailed to the cross, they attack the Church because she does not use violence, they repress the people because they cannot defend themselves. They are deceiving themselves. The image of the Blood of Christ shows today the pain of the suffering people of #Nicaragua, who will surely rise again.
Let us pray for the suffering, persecuted Church in Nicaragua.