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.Silvio José Báez, O.C.D.
Auxiliary Bishop of Managua
On Friday 31 July 2020, a long-venerated statue in the Immaculate Conception Cathedral of Managua, Nicaragua was incinerated when, according to eyewitness statements, a hooded man entered the Chapel of the Blood of Christ and threw a Molotov cocktail at the image of the bleeding, crucified Savior.
According to the report in Vatican News, the “petrol bomb started a fire that engulfed a 400-year-old crucifix housed in the chapel.”
The archbishop, Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes, was swift to denounce the attack as domestic terrorism, as Catholic media outlet Crux reported August 1.
“I want to say this clearly: It was a terrorist attack, an act to try to shy the Church from its evangelizing mission,” Brenes said, adding that it had been “calmly premeditated” and “planned.”
Catholic News Agency provided the first media report in English on July 31. Their article mentioned details about the attack provided by Cardinal Brenes, who said that witnesses saw the man circle the Managua cathedral for 20 minutes and he planned his exit through a gate which was recently stolen.
“In other words, he calculated everything: how to enter, where to do it, and then where to escape. This was planned,” the cardinal said.