- Oct 30, 2020
Father Tom Uzhunnalil, the priest who was kidnapped in 2016 and held captive for 18 months by terrorists in Yemen, said that his ability to persevere “was thanks to the prayers of everyone” who interceded for him.
Salesian Father George Muttathuparambil tells Crux about the events surrounding the kidnapping of Father Tom Uzhunnalil in Yemen in 2016.
Father Ángel Fernández Artime, the Rector Major of the Salesian Congregation, was in Mumbai recently for the diamond jubilee of the Shrine of Our Lady Help of Christians, which was founded by a member of the order. He took the opportunity to reflect on the Salesian mission to young people, especially in light of the upcoming Synod of Bishops meeting on Youth, taking place in 2018.
Salesian Father Tom Uzhunnalil, who spent 18 months in captivity in Yemen, has finally arrived home in India. The priest was released two weeks ago, and has been recovering in Rome. Upon his arrival, Uzhunnalil met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Cardinal Oswald Gracias, a member of the Council of Cardinals tasked with reforming the Vatican bureaucracy, says that more than anything, there is a change in mentality that’s needed, which will take longer than simply reforming the Vatican’s structures, he said, but said the group is “rather confident that it will happen because the pope is giving very effective leadership.”
Father Tom Uzhunnalil,a Salesian, was kidnapped from a home for senior citizens in Aden, southern Yemen, established by Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in March 2016. Four nuns were killed during the attack. On Saturday in Rome, following his release earlier this week, Uzhunnalil said that his captors never harmed him, even if in some videos they made it appear that way in an effort to get a speedy response in negotiations.