» 03/21/2016, 14.57
YEMEN – ITALY
For Fr Tom, abducted in Yemen, Holy Thursday prayer and adoration for the martyrs
Fr Tom Uzhunnalil was the chaplain of the Sisters of Mother Teresa killed in Aden. He is now in Jihadi hands. So far, nothing is known about his fate. Unconfirmed rumours claim that he will be crucified on Good Friday. The Rector Major addresses the Salesian Family asking for prayers for the victims of sectarian violence.
05/05/2016 13:49:00 YEMEN – ITALY
Salesian vicar says priest abducted in Yemen still alive, urges prayers for him
Fr Cereda confirms the latest reports saying that Jihadi-held Fr Tom is "still alive". He stresses the need to focus on the case, keeping communication channels open and media attention high without pressure or “false hopes”. Meanwhile, Salesians continue to pray, hold Masses and perform Eucharistic adorations for the kidnapped clergyman.
In Dhaka, Salesian nun saves thousands of women from persecution and physical/mental torture
Sister Zita belongs to the Order of Salesian Sisters of Mary Immaculate. She has helped thousands of Catholics from the Garo tribe who have moved to Dhaka in search of jobs, often ending in the clutches of unscrupulous Muslim employers who persecute and torture them. Together with Caritas Bangladesh and the Church, she has founded the Garo Community Centre, where tribal Garo can learn new trades and find help searching jobs.
08/03/2016 19:13:00 YEMEN - THE HOLY LAND
Vicariate of Arabia: Sister Sally is safe out of the country; the Church of the Holy Land stands with victims of the Aden massacre
A source in the vicariate told AsiaNews that the Indian-born mother superior "is out of the country and in a safe place." Nothing is known about the fate of the kidnapped priest. There is hope that contacts can be identified "within two or three days." This Friday, churches in the Holy Land will pray for Yemen’s “martyred nuns". For Maronite Patriarchate in Jerusalem, the nuns are an example of devotion for Muslims.
Salesians in Vietnam to serve the younger generations
Starting in 1952 the Salesians spread across the country. Schools, shelters for streets kids, assistance to migrants and minorities from rural areas are part of what the Salesian Society does. Its focus is on young people so that they can “experience Christian life in society.”
29/03/2016 16:16:00 YEMEN
For Vicar of Arabia, Fr Tom is still alive; rumours of his crucifixion are false
Mgr Hinder hints at "strong" signs that jihadists are still holding the Salesian. He rejects claims that the priest was killed, noting however that attempts to free him remain difficult. Over the weekend, some media falsely reported the Indian priest’s crucifixion.
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