» 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.
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.
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.
11/08/2017 20:05:00 YEMEN
More migrants drown off Yemen’s coast
At least 19 people were killed yesterday, from Somalia and Ethiopia. The dead were on a boat with another 180 migrants. Another 50 drowned the day before. For a UN expert, this is a "new trend". As traffickers realise the risks they thrown migrants off the boat.
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.
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