Thursday, March 2, 2017

Prayer Meeting for Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil

A Prayer Meeting

for Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil

One Year after His Abduction

(ANS – Bangalore - March 2)On Saturday, March 4, it will be exactly one year since the attack by terrorists on the work of the Missionaries of Charity in Aden, Yemen. Sixteen people were killed, including four sisters, and an Indian Salesian missionary, Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil, was kidnapped. The Bangalore Salesian province, to which Fr. Tom belongs, has prepared a prayer meeting to pray for his release and to keep attention focused on his situation.

The Salesians of the province say: “We are deeply distressed by the delay in assuring his release. We are organizing a prayer meeting to take place at 5:00 p.m. on March 4 at the Ernakulam Town Hall, with the collaboration of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the State of Kerala.”

The program provides for a time of prayer followed by a public meeting. Prominent persons from the Church and politics will be present. Of particular note is the participation of Archbishop Soosai Pakiam, president of Kerala Bishops Conference, Cardinal Baselios Cleemis, president of the Bishops Conference of India, who is major archbishop of Trivandrum of the Syro-Malankars; Cardinal George Alancherry, major archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church; and Archbishop Joseph Kalathiparambil of Verapoly.

A memorandum, approved by the assembly, will then be sent to the prime minister and to the minister of External Affairs.

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