- Jan 20, 2021
Just days after the UN voted overwhelmingly to condemn President Donald Trump’s decision to transfer the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, Pope Francis used his Christmas message to pray for peace in Jerusalem and a two-state solution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
Salesian Father George Muttathuparambil tells Crux about the events surrounding the kidnapping of Father Tom Uzhunnalil in Yemen in 2016.
Paul Hinder of the Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia says transportation and health care were destroyed in much of Yemen, while a Saudi embargo on Yemeni ports made getting relief supplies to 3 million internally displaced people “practically impossible.” The bishop added that Christian minorities had been too few to “play a role in the conflict.”
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.
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.
India’s Foreign Minister tweeted out on Tuesday that Father Tom Uzhunnalil, a missionary priest kidnapped by Islamic militants in Yemen in September 2016 at a home for the elderly in the southern port city of Aden, has been released. According to reports, Uzhunnalil is presently in Oman, and will be flown back to Kerala in India later on Tuesday.