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  • » 10/02/2017, 12.05

    INDIA

    2017 Mother Teresa Award to Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil, 'example of compassion'



    The conferral will take place in Mumbai on December 10th. This year's theme is "Compassion across borders - a compassionate response to the refugee crisis." Fr. Tom "has shown dedication and commitment to a place of great danger."

    Mumbai (AsiaNews) - Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil, the Salesian abducted in Aden in 2016 and released in September thanks to the Sultan of Oman, is the 2017 winner of Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice. Abraham Mathai, president of the Harmony Foundation, a Mumbai based organization that commemorates the Saint of Calcutta with the award since 2007, announced the winner.

    A foundation statement reads that Fr. Tom will be rewarded for his inspirational example of compassionate humanity and for continuing to work at the Homes of the Missionaries of Charity in Yemen despite having had the chance to leave the country. "We praise - continues the document - the dedication and commitment of Fr. Tom for work in a place of great danger, where his colleagues were murdered in cold blood. "

    Tom was abducted on March 4, 2016 in the nursing home of Mother Teresa to Aden. In the attack of probable Qaedaists, four nuns and 12 others were killed. The Salesian, 57, was born in Ramapuram, near Pala (Kottayam, Kerala), into a deeply Catholic family. His uncle Matthew, who died in 2015, also Salesian, is the founder of the mission in Yemen.

    The conferral will take place next December 10 in Mumbai. The theme of this year's edition is "Compassion Beyond Borders - Compassionate Response to the Refugee Crisis", "Compassionate Response to the Refugee Crisis".

    The Harmony Foundation was created in October 2005 to spread the ideas of peace, dialogue and community aid without distinction of religion, caste, belief, gender or ethnicity. Over the years the prize dedicated to the memory of the "Mother of the Poor" has been conferred on various individuals and organizations. Among the recipients of previous editions, the Dalai Lama, Doctors Without Borders and the Nobel Peace Laureate Malala Yousafzai.

    (Nirmala Carvalho collaborated)

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    13/09/2017 09:32:00 VATICAN-OMAN
    The Holy See thanks Oman for the release of Fr. Tom

    Sultan Qabus's commitment to securing the release was decisive. The priest was traced thanks to "some Yemeni parties". Fr. Tom will be in Rome for a few days. The "strength in faith and perseverance" of his family. Today Salesian homes around the world, will celebrate with a Mass of Thanksgiving and Eucharistic adoration.



    14/09/2017 11:53:00 VATICAN-YEMEN
    Medical care for Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil, who met the Pope yesterday

    The priest, released after 18 months of kidnapping in Yemen, will remain in the Vatican "to secure his wellbeing and allow for his full recovery." Father Tom tried to kiss Pope Francis' feet, who raised him and kissed his hands. "I've always felt Jesus next to me." Renewed thanks to the sultan of Oman. The Major Rector: No ransom was paid.



    12/09/2017 13:15:00 YEMEN - INDIA
    Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil is freed

    The Salesian priest had been kidnapped by Islamic terrorists in Aden in 2016 when four Sisters of Mother Teresa were murdered. The vicar of southern Arabia and the president of the Indian Bishops' Conference thank the governments that have helped in securing his release and all those who have prayed for his release. The thanksgiving of Sr. Prema, Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity: Fr. Tom's photo was placed on the Mother's tomb. 



    18/03/2016 12:10:00 YEMEN
    Sole survivor of Yemen massacre, Sister Sally, describes martyrdom of her sisters

    The superior of the Aden community has entrusted to a sister the dramatic story of the assault on the nursing home for the elderly and disabled. The sisters were killed because of their "fidelity" to their mission, by being found ready "to welcome their Spouse”. A blood sacrifice in the hope that it will bring about "shoots of peace for the Middle East and help stop Isis". The signed letter (PDF).



    23/01/2017 10:02:00 INDIA - YEMEN
    Catholics and others in pray for Fr. Tom’s release, Indian Salesian kidnapped in Yemen

    A day of prayer organized by the Bishops' Conference. The initiative was also joined Protestant communities. Rev. Thomas Jacob: "Let us pray for him to return home safely." Hundreds of faithful at candlelight vigil organized at Our Lady’s Cathedral Trivandrum.


     





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