Indian Foreign Minister: Fr. Tom is well. Msgr. Hinder: Caution

August 5, 2016 by  
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New Delhi, August 5, 2016: Fr Tom Uzhunnalil, the Salesian priest kidnapped in Yemen five months ago, “is well and the Indian government is doing everything possible to secure his release”, said Indian Foreign Minister, Sushma Swaraj, during a meeting last night with a priest’s family. For his part, Msgr. Paul Hinder, Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia, invites people to caution because “we have no reliable information. We only know that something is happening, but we have no certainty”.

The minister met with the families of Fr. Tom following the news of the capture of three men near Aden. They would be part of the extremist commandos who captured the priest, but have not disclosed information on the place of his detention or condition.

Since 4 March, Fr Tom Uzhunnalil has been in the hands of a jihadist group – in all likelihood linked to the Islamic State (IS) group – that massacred four sisters of Mother Teresa and 12 other people in Aden, in southern Yemen. So far, nothing is known of the fate of the 56-year-old priest born in Ramapuram, near Pala (Kottayam, Kerala) into a deeply Catholic family. His uncle Matthew, who died last year, was also a Salesian, and the founder of the mission in Yemen.

Msgr. Hinder emphasizes that “no one has ever had direct contact with Fr. Tom. We do not have any proof that he really is ok”.

Over the months there have been various unfounded rumors of a plan drawn up by the kidnappers that included torture, murder and the crucifixion of the priest on March 25, to coincide with Good Friday. In late July, a video was circulated showing the kidnapped priest being abused and in poor physical condition. The foreign minister told his family that experts are still checking the authenticity of the images.

– asianews

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  1. SHASHI MINZ says:

    WE ARE PAINED TO LEARN OF THE PRIEST FR TOM ‘S PREDICAMENT IN ADEN AND IF AT ALL THE INDIAN AUTHORITIES ARE GENUINELY CONCERNED ABOUT HIS SAFE RETURN , WE JOIN YOU IN PRAYER FOR FR TOMS SAFE RETURN . HE VENTURED OUT FROM HIS SAFE HAVEN IN KERALA TO REACH THE MESSAGE OF LOVE TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH AND HE SHALL NOT RETURN EMPTY HANDED .REVELATIONS 5;9THE MESSAGE OF THE CROSS IS FOOLISHNESS TO THOSE WHO ARE PERISHING 1 CORINTHIANS 1;18 . THE HOY FATHER HAS CALLED THE LOGIC OF GOD , THE LOGIC OF THE CROSS, WHICH IS NOT PRIMARILY THAT OF SUFFERING AND DEATH , BUT RATHER THAT OF LOVE AND OF THE GIFT OF SELF WHICH BRINGS LIFE . IF WE GET THIS DIVINE JOKE , THE ONLY APPRORIATE RESPONSE IS GRATITUDE AND CELEBRATION .FATHER GOD , I REVEL IN YOUR EXTRAVAGANT LOVE FOR ME . THANK YOU , JESUS , FOR COMING TO SHARE EVERY ASPECT OF MY LIFE . HOLY SPIRIT , YOUR WISDOM IS BEYON MY IMAGINING .BLESSEDD TRINITY , I REJOICE IN THE SURPRISE ENDING OF THE RESSURECTION .SAINTS ZELIE GUERIN AND LOUIS MARTIN BEATIFIED ON OCTOBER 19 2008 AND POPE FRANCIS CANNONISED THEM THE BELOVED PARENTS OF ST THERESE OF LISIEUX DURING THE WORLD SYNOD OF BISHOPS ON FAMILY ON OCTOBER 2015 LORD OF THE HARVEST SHALL PUT LABOURERES INTO THE WORLD IN SAYINGS OF LIGHT AND LOVE ST JOHN OF THE CROSS SAYS ‘THE LORD HAS ALWAYS REVEALED TO MEN THE TREASURES OF HIS WISDOM AND HIS SPIRIIT , BUT NOW THAT THE FACE OF EVIL MORE AND MORE BARES ITSELF , SO DOES THE LORD BARE HIS TREASURES AND MORE .

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