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Daniel Ortega, president of Nicaragua when the country was governed by the Sandinistas in the 1980s and church-state relations were marked by mutual accusations and acrimony, has asked forgiveness from the church for his party's actions.

Daniel Ortega, president of Nicaragua when the country was governed by the Sandinistas in the 1980s and church-state relations were marked by mutual accusations and acrimony, has asked forgiveness from the church for his party's actions. "If we committed errors it was because of our deep love for Nicaragua and ... our profound love for the poor," Ortega said during celebrations for the anniversary of the Sandinista revolution. Msgr. Eddy Montenegro of the Managua archdiocese offered a benediction at the celebration, the first appearance by a top church leader since July 19, 1979, when then-Archbishop Miguel Obando Bravo of Managua appeared in the city's central plaza to bless the victory of the revolutionary Sandinistas over the US--backed dictator, Anastasio Somoza.
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Date:Aug 15, 2003
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