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Revolutionary Nicaraguan Priest and Poet Ernesto Cardenal Dies at 95

HeadlineMar 03, 2020

In Nicaragua, beloved poet and priest Ernesto Cardenal has died at the age of 95. Cardenal supported the Sandinista revolution movement that overthrew U.S.-backed military dictator Anastasio Somoza in 1979. Cardenal went on to become Nicaragua’s minister of culture under the Sandinista government from 1979 to 1987. His involvement with the Sandinistas caused the Vatican to suspend his priesthood in the 1980s, but it was later reinstated by Pope Francis. Cardenal was deeply influenced by liberation theology, which focuses on social and economic justice. In his final years, he became a vocal critic of his former Sandinista ally Daniel Ortega, after Ortega returned to the Nicaraguan presidency in 2007.

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