Nicaragua - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Religious Practices

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During the Spanish colonial era the Roman Catholic Church was part of the government administration. After Nicaragua gained independence from Spain, its first constitution (1826) proclaimed Roman Catholicism as the state religion. The liberal revolution of General José Santos Zelaya in 1893 marked the beginning of the Catholic Church's separation from the Nicaraguan state. The subsequent Nicaraguan constitutions contained provisions to guarantee religious freedom for all. As a result of the efforts of progressive Catholics and Protestants who were involved in the left-wing Sandinista government (1979–90), religious tolerance has been stronger since the 1980s.

Although Roman Catholicism has not been the official religion since 1894, the Nicaraguan state has maintained a privileged position for the church, which is exempted from taxes and which has received many financial benefits. The cathedral in Managua, for instance, was paid for in part by the government in the 1990s. Various Protestant...

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