PRAYER NEED: Priest Kidnapped By Muslim Terrorists In Yemen Seen In Video Begging For His Life, Asking Pope Francis For Help

Last year, we reported that a Catholic priest who was kidnapped on Good Friday by Muslim terrorists, Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil was in the custody of Yemini security forces and was going to be released. Since that time no further reports emerged until now-

It turns out that he was never released, he is still in captivity from terrorists, and in a recent video released by the terrorists it shows him still in captivity and asking Pope Francis to help him:

Uzhunnalil was abducted by Islamic militants at a home run by the Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity group in the southern Yemeni city of Aden, in an attack which resulted in the deaths of 16 people.

While it was first believed that the priest was taken by members of the Islamic State, Indian officials said in May that Uzhunnalil was “safe” in Yemen, and that they were negotiating for his release with anti-government forces.

A relative of Uzhunnalil, identified as Augustine, told The News Minute that there has not been much progress in regard to his release, however.

“There is no government there and so our government is finding it tough to hold talks,” Augustine said. “We don’t believe he has been taken away by Islamic State, but perhaps by a smaller group.”

Another video was released in July of a seemingly frail and weakened Uzhunnalil in July, though there was conflicting information on whether the video really was of the kidnapped priest or not.

The latest video of Uzhunnalil also shows him appearing “very weak and at times was gasping for breath” as he makes his plea to Francis.

The footage shows the priest expressing his discontent that “nothing has been done seriously” to rescue him.

“Reports have been there in the news that everything is being done to release me quickly. But in reality nothing seem to have happened. I am very sad and depressed. I request also my fellow Christians in India, the bishops and priests, to do their might to help me to get released and save my life,” Uzhunnalil says.

There was even a rumor back in March that the Indian priest was set to be crucified by IS on Good Friday, but the information also proved false.

Francis has pleaded with Uzhunnalil’s captors to release him, and in April said that he renews his appeal “for the liberation of all persons seized in areas of armed conflict,” but so far the priest’s fate remains in question. (source)

Please keep him and all persecuted Christians under Islam in your prayers. They do make a tremendous difference, and in situations like these where there are difficult political, geographical, and technical issues that require tremendous efforts to overcome, it is often times all that one can do.

“The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’ (Matthew 25:40)

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  • AnthonyM

    He is very weak, and hardly has the strength to speak this brief moment. It seems to me he is reading from prepared text. He is certainly being starved, and under psy ops by ISIS.

    We must pray for him and others in similar situations.

  • luis

    I prayed for him. I hope God comforts him and he is quickly released

  • Julie LaBrecque

    He needs intense prayer – he seems near death already.

  • Kamau41

    Our prayers are certainly going up for Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil and others who are in similar situations.

  • Grace Ziem

    Yes, he seems to be saying what his captors want. Obviously, he cannot know whether his captors are doing anything to release him, or is they just pretend to do so. Whether he believes what he says is hard to say; is it worth criticizing Christians in order to save one’s life?

    No one know for sure what we would do in his circumstance so we cannot be critical of him. I suspect his captors want this footage, so if they don’t get “cooperation” and he dies, they can blame the ransom process! Like robbing a bank and blaming the guards for not being cooperative! We pray for him and pray we may be Christ-like to the end!

    Acts 20:24 “But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God”.

  • Indian Christian Crusader

    Modi and the Hindu nationalist dogs ruling at the Center, won’t help, inspite India having the military means to rescue him. We Christians have no value in India these days.