Father Tom Uzhunnalil reaches Vatican, confirms Sushma Swaraj
Sep 13 2017
Father Uzhunnalil had been the chaplain or more than four years at the home which was established by Mother Teresa's religious order, the Missionaries of Charity, the the port city of Aden, on the south coast of Yemen.
Father Tom Uzhunnalil, Indian Christian priest who was rescued from the clutches of extremists in Yemen reached Vatican on Tuesday night.
Oman Observer quoting state-run Oman News Agency said, "Father Tom expressed thanks to God Almighty, appreciation to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos and everyone who prayed for his safe release".
"Fr Tom Uzhunnallil - an Indian national from Kerala was abducted by a terror group in Yemen".
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj confirmed the news on micro-blogging site twitter. Four nuns and twelve other people were killed in the raid. "The Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs took personal interest in securing the release of Fr Tom".
Father Tom will fly back to Kerala via Muscat, Oman. "I renew my appeal for the freeing of all kidnapped persons in armed conflict zones", the Pope said.
"I understand it was Oman's intervention that helped to secure his release". The government of India undertook serious diplomatic steps.
Later in 2016, December, another video emerged, in which Father Tom Uzhunalil even criticised the government for his situation.
Rajya Sabha Member and NDA Kerala Vice chairman Rajeev Chandreasekhar welcomed the news of the priest Fr.Tom Uzhunnalil's release from captivity. "The Prime Minister too had assured us that all would be done to get him released", the Catholic body said in a statement. Speaking slowly in English, he had lamented: "Neither the bishops nor the Indian Government had asked them (his captors) what they want".