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Indian Catholics still pray for release of Salesian kidnapped in Yemen

A year after an Indian priest was abducted by suspected Islamic militants in Yemen, Catholics in his home state of Kerala are still praying for his release, reported

Salesian Fr Tom Uzhunnalil was taken by a group of armed men who stormed a home for the elderly run by Missionaries of Charity nuns in Aden, on 4th March 2016. During the incident the gunmen murdered 16 people, including four nuns.

Even after one year, “We don’t know who kidnapped the priest and where they have taken him. The government of India and the Vatican have been trying their best to secure his release. Sadly, these efforts have failed to produce any results so far,” said Cardinal Baselios Thottunkal of Trivandrum, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India. reported on the cardinal’s remarks at a public meeting and prayer program at Ernakulam town hall on 4th March. The service was organised by the Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council and the local province of the Salesians of Don Bosco; several such programs were organised across the state.

Picture: Salesian Fr Tom Uzhunnalil, pictured in an undated photo, was kidnapped in Yemen on 4th March 2016, in an attack in which four Missionaries of Charity were killed. The Salesians organised a special prayer meeting to mark the one-year anniversary of the kidnapping of the Indian priest. (CNS photo/courtesy of Salesians).