The Salesians have organised a special prayer meeting to mark the one-year anniversary of the kidnapping of Indian Salesian Fr Tom Uzhunnalil.
The priest was kidnapped in Aden, Yemen, on 4th March 2016, in an attack in which four Missionaries of Charity and at least 12 others were killed.
‘We are deeply distressed by the delay in assuring his release,’ the Salesians of Bangalore province said in a statement reported on by the Rome-based Salesian news agency, ANS.
Fr Uzhunnalil had been living at the home for the elderly and disabled since September 2015, when Holy Family Parish in Aden was sacked and burned.
After the attack, Pope Francis described the Aden murders as an “act of senseless and diabolical violence.”
Bishop Paul Hinder, head of the Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia, told Catholic News Service on 28th March that he had “strong indications” that Fr Uzhunnalil “is still alive in the hands of his kidnappers.”
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).