Elevation of the diocese of the Apostolic Vicariate of Bluefields; creation of the new diocese of Siuna (Nicaragua) and appointment of the first bishops.
Pope Francis has elevated the Apostolic Vicariate of Bluefields to a diocese and appointed as bishop Most Rev. Paul Schmitz, OFM Cap., until now Apostolic Vicar of the same see.
At the same time, the Pope has approved the creation of the new diocese of Siuna and has appointed as the first bishop Most Rev. David Albin Zywiec Sidor, OFM Cap., until now auxiliary bishop of the Apostolic Vicariate of Bluefields.
The new diocese of Bluefields remains in the southern region, with nine civil districts, and will be a suffragan see of the metropolitan see of Managua.
The new diocese of Siuna (Siunaënsis) is located in the northern region, at least for now, with eleven civil districts. For now the seat will be the parish church of Siuna. The new diocese will also be a suffragan see of the Archdiocese of Managua.