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Pope terms massacre of the Sisters of Mother Teresa, senseless and diabolical act
In a message signed by Secretary of State, Francis expresses "shock" and "deep sorrow" for the deaths of four Missionaries of Charity and 12 other people killed in a home for elderly in Aden. "In the name of God, I ask all parties to renounce violence and to renew the commitment to the people of Yemen."
10/03/2016 13:41:00 ITALY – YEMEN – INDIA
Salesian Vicar: Still no news about Fr Tom, who was abducted after the Aden massacre
The Kerala-born priest served as chaplain to the Sisters of Mother Teresa, four of whom were killed in their convent. He was in mission to Yemen for four years. His uncle Matthew, a Salesian as well, founded the mission. Fr Tom chose to stay in the country, even though he had the opportunity to leave. Salesians have been present in Yemen since 1987 to provide outreach for the few local Catholics and the many migrant workers.
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.
06/03/2016 14:00:00 VATICAN
Pope: May Mother Teresa accompany her "martyrs of charity", victims of indifference, in Heaven
Before the Angelus prayer, Francis comments on the parable of the prodigal son: "Like the father in the Gospel, God also still thinks of His children when we are lost, and comes to us with tenderness when we return to Him. The errors we commit although great, do not even graze the fidelity of His love". The Pope also praises the memory for the four Missionaries of Charity killed in Yemen and makes an appeal to keep humanitarian corridors open for refugees. Today the spiritual exercises of the Pope and the Roman Curia begin.
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.
01/04/2016 16:19:00 INDIA - YEMEN
Card Gracias: Triduum of Divine Mercy dedicated to Fr Tom, who is still held in Yemen
The archbishop of Mumbai calls on priests, religious, and lay people to pray for the Salesian who has been in the hands of the Islamic State group since 4 March. He hopes that the captive priest will "come back to us" and encourages everyone to “partake in his suffering”. Likewise, he calls for a prayer for the nuns’ murderers so that mercy may “impose limitations on evil”.
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