Who is Kerala Priest Tom Uzhunnalil?

Who is Kerala Priest Tom Uzhunnalil?

Father Uzhunnalil was abducted in March 2016 by the ISIS fighters which attacked an old-age home, run by Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity, in southern Yemeni city of Aden.

Father Tom Uzhunnalil of Kerala was abducted by the Islamic State from Yemen in March, last year, according to media reports.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the news of the release of Father Tom Uzhunnalil is heartening.

The Vatican has confirmed this evening that Salesian Father Tom Uzhunnalil will remain for a few days with a Salesian community in Rome after his release earlier today.

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Since his abduction, several prayers were held for him and rallies were organised to put pressure on the Centre to bring him back safely. It's miracle that he alone among the live targets, barring a nun in hiding, was spared by the terrorists, who shot down 15 people at the care of the Missionaries of Charity in Aden in Yemen.

Father Uzhunnalil has Nebraska ties, as he has fellow priests in the Grand Island Diocese.

In a video message posted on 8 May 2017 on YouTube, a bearded and very thin Fr Tom, pleaded for the Indian government and the Catholic Church to do more to secure his release. "He was transferred this morning to Muscat in preparation for his return home", the Times of Oman quoted the Oman government as saying in a statement. We thank the Government of India. And this isn't the first time that the Modi govt and particularly Sushma Swaraj have been credited with successfully employing diplomatic means to secure the release of Indians from war zones. Thomas Uzhunnalil belongs to Ramapuram village of Kerala's Kottayam district.

Rumors quickly spread that Fr. Tom would be crucified on Good Friday of 2016. "My dear family, do what you can to help me be released".

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