The bishop is being held there under house arrest.

"Bishop Álvarez has expressed his confidence in everyone's prayer in the face of this difficult situation that we are going through in ecclesial communion," the statement said.

The archdiocese of Managua stressed that "prayer is the strength of the Christian," so "we invite you to continue imploring Christ to intercede and watch over this little flock of his."

"We hope that reason, as well as respectful understanding, open the way to the solution of this critical and complex situation for everyone," the message concluded.

According to police, the priests and seminarians detained in Managua are being held "in the Directorate of Judicial Assistance," in a prison known as "El Chipote," infamous for torture carried out on opponents of the Ortega dictatorship.

Speaking with ACI Prensa Aug. 19, the lawyer Martha Patricia Molina Montenegro said that for the abducted bishop "there are two outcomes," which are "exile or jail."