Indian priest thought killed in Yemen still alive, says official

Father Tom Uzhunnalil is alive, according to an Indian government official.

Father Tom Uzhunnalil is alive, according to an Indian government official.

A Catholic priest widely reported to have been crucified on Good Friday by Islamist terrorists in Yemen is alive, and efforts to negotiate his release are underway, an Indian government official said Sunday.

Father Tom Uzhunnalil, who was abducted by terrorists who slaughtered four nuns and 12 others at a retirement home in Aden March 4, was feared dead after an Austrian archbishop told congregants he had been executed on Good Friday. Although that priest, Archbishop of Vienna Christoph Cardinal Schönborn, later backtracked, much of the world feared for Uzhunnalil.

“Father Tom is safe and efforts are on for his release as early as possible.”- Indian government official

“Father Tom is safe and efforts are on for his release as early as possible,” said Father Gyanprakash Topno, who was present at the briefing.

Swaraj told the bishops the Indian “government will facilitate the priest’s safe return to India,” but did not divulge any other details.

He said the minister told the delegation that more details cannot be divulged at this stage.

Uzhunnalil, who is from India’s southern state of Kerala, is believed to have been abducted by ISIS and is being held at an unknown location. But Al Qaeda, as well as other terrorist groups, is active in Yemen, and it has not been confirmed who was behind the shocking attack.

The victims worked at a home run by Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity.

After Cardinal Schönborn said the priest had been killed, other Church officials, including Bishop Paul Hinder of Southern Arabia, said the information was believed to be erroneous.

“Cardinal Schönborn has already corrected his statement,” he said last week. “I cannot say more for the reason I gave previously, [the safety of Father Tom].”

Pope Francis was shocked by the attack on the retirement home in Yemen, according to the Christian Post.

“His Holiness Pope Francis was shocked and profoundly saddened to learn of the killing of four Missionaries of Charity and 12 others at a home for the elderly in Aden,” Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin said at the time. “He sends the assurance of his prayers for the dead and his spiritual closeness to their families and to all affected from this act of senseless and diabolical violence.”

source: Fox News

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Quintus Curtius



Just another site

Dragon Laffs

Getting Through the Day, one Laff at a time

Kristi Ann's Haven

Jesus ( Yeshua) Saves!!

Behind The News

Sharing the news the mainstream media won't.

Dating God

Franciscan Spirituality for the 21st Century

sfcton's Blog

Freedom, Firepower and FuckYeah

dr dud's dicta

Musings on archaeology and history and things


Current & Breaking News | National & World Updates

Me & Mike Hunt

The largely incoherent ramblings of a candidate for the bastinado


Proverbs 21:30




God, love, faith, courage, hope , redemption

Jesus' Compassion 4 America & The World

America, Jesus Loves America, Bible, US Constitution, Evan McMullin, One Nation Under God,

scousenationalist's Blog

4 out of 5 dentists recommend this site

Deliberate Donkey

we're telling secrets here


Healthy & Financially Independent

B.G. Sawyer

Ebook author of superb non-fiction.

The Reformed Conservative

Restoring Civility to Conversation & Conservatism to Theology

The Voice Of The Prophetic Report By Dr. Jordan Wells

4 out of 5 dentists recommend this site

%d bloggers like this: