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This profile was last updated on 3/24/15  and contains information from public web pages.


Local Address:  Nicaragua
Roman Catholic Diocese of Estelí

Employment History

  • Bishop
  • President
  • Bishop

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Secretary
    Nicaraguan Bishops Conference
39 Total References
Web References
Honduras Weekly, 24 Mar 2015 [cached]
The president of the Nicaraguan Association for Human Rights (ANPDH), and Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Estelí in Nicaragua, Abelardo Mata, yesterday said that "ever since a few months ago, arms are being... - San José, Costa Rica!, 1 July 2004 [cached]
"Our function is not to alert the police," Bishop Juan Abelardo Mata, secretary of the Nicaraguan Bishops Conference, told the newspaper.
holy_week_nicaragua, 17 April 2009 [cached]
On April 5th (Palm Sunday) Nicaragua's centrist corporate daily, El Nuevo Diario , published what has since become an infamous and highly controversial interview with Abelardo Mata , Bishop of Estelí and Vice President of the Nicaraguan Catholic Bishops Conference. The front-page headline read "Mata fears civil war. The contents of the interview are based on the Bishop's inflammatory claim that there are armed groups in the mountains of the northern departments of Nueva Segovia and Madriz who are preparing themselves to engage in armed violence against the government in response to what he describes as President Daniel Ortega's authoritarian actions.
Abelardo Mata
Abelardo Mata, Bishop of Estelí and VP of Nicaraguan Catholic Bishops Conference "We are certain of the existence of armed groups in San Juan de Río Coco," said Mata, "it is sad that in order to defend our rights we have to look to arms. ...
Journalists rushed to request statements from Bishops Brenes and Mata in response to Estrada's "accusation. Among the headlines derived from this second round of interviews were; " the Church is the first to want peace ," (the same phrase famously used by Pope John Paul II on his visit to Nicaragua in 1983); and, the Attorney General is " rude and irrational " ... "but [his] comments do not worry us because, thank god, the population knows who [to believe]."
Perhaps Bishops Mata and Brenes' anti government stance is partly motivated by the need to protect the various short term interests at stake. It is worth mentioning at this point that among the list of recipients of USAID funding in Nicaragua features the Nicaraguan Association for Human Rights (ANPDH), an organization presided by Bishop Mata.
Bishop Abelardo Mata of ..., 1 Feb 2008 [cached]
Bishop Abelardo Mata of Estelí, who is president of ANPDH, recently told the Managuan daily La Prensa that he simply wants an investigation. "We say that it should be investigated, that it should be analyzed and that it not be done as a political scheme or for making someone happy, ourselves or anyone, that the thing be done only for the purpose of justice," he said.
Bishop Juan Abelardo Mata, ..., 5 Dec 2013 [cached]
Bishop Juan Abelardo Mata, from the province of Esteli, said he had tried to warn authorities that such violence could break out unless they addressed underlying problems of poverty and injustice afflicting poor Nicaraguans.
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