Yemen: Possible image of kidnapped priest posted online

The Facebook image

The Facebook image

An image claiming to be that of Father Tom Uzhunnalil has been posted on his Facebook account, Fides reports today. The Indian priest was kidnapped on 4 March in Aden, by a terrorist group when they stormed a nursing home, killing 16 people including four Missionaries of Charity.

Bishop Paul Hinder OFMCap, Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia, said: "We have no further news, and today, with technical means available, everything is possible in this field. But the photo may be authentic. There are those who believe that Father Tom is still alive. And I also think he is alive."

The photo shows a man, with longish hair, a beard and his hands on his chest. The English message accompanying the photo announces the imminent publication of a "plea" of the kidnapped priest.

There is no indication who posted the photo and message. Many of Father Tom's family members, said they believe it is him.

A month after Fr Tom was kidnapped in March a number began circulating on the internet claiming he was going to be killed on Good Friday. At that time the Salesians said there was no evidence to back up these claims and they were hoping and praying that he was safe.

See earlier report: ICN 3 May 2016 - Yemen: Negotiations continue for release of kidnapped priest

Source: Fides

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