Ernesto Cardenal

Nicaraguan priest and politician (1925-2020)

Ernesto Cardenal Martínez (20 January 1925 – 1 March 2020[1]) was a Nicaraguan Catholic priest, poet, and politician. He was a liberation theologian. He was the founder of the primitivist art community in the Solentiname Islands. His brother was Fernando Cardenal.

Ernesto Cardenal
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Ernesto Cardenal Martínez

(1925-01-20)20 January 1925
Died1 March 2020(2020-03-01) (aged 95)
Years active1954–2020
Known forNicaraguan cultural figure
Notable work
The Gospel in Solentiname

Cardenal was a member of the Nicaraguan Sandinistas, he was Nicaragua's minister of culture from 1979 to 1987. He was banned from administering the sacraments in 1984 by Pope John Paul II, but it was restored by Pope Francis in 2019.[2]

On 1 March 2020, Cardenal died of problems caused by heart and kidney disease, aged 95.[3]


  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2020-03-01. Retrieved 2020-03-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. Pablo Ordaz (17 February 2019). "Roma se reconcilia con Cardenal". El País.
  3. Lopez, Elias E. (1 March 2020). "Ernesto Cardenal, Nicraguan Priest, Poet and Revolutionary, Dies at 95". New York Times. Retrieved 1 March 2020.