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Indian Salesian priest crucified on Good Friday? 

New Delhi: A Salesian priest from India abducted by Islamic terrorists in Yemen was crucified on March 25, Good Friday, Austrian media reported.

However, Salesians in India and the bishop in charge of Yemen have dismissed the report as rumors.

The crucifixion of Father Thomas Uzhunnalil was confirmed by Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna during the Easter Vigil at Stephansdom. The Dominican prelate said the 56-year-old Salesian was crucified by ISIS on Good Friday. Polonia Christiana is also carrying the news, based on the Austrian reports.

The news also appeared in The Washington Times and Catholic News World on March 27.

“The Islamic State committed a grisly Good Friday commemoration, crucifying a Catholic priest,” The Washington Times report says.

Church groups in India said the Vienna cardinal might have based his statement on a WhatsApp message that began circulating early Saturday. It mentioned the “sad news” that the ISIS terrorists had crucified Fr Uzhunnalil on Friday.

The priest belonged to the Bangalore province of the Salesians. Fr. Mathew Valarkote, secretary of the province, said they have no information about the crucifixion and dismissed the news as rumors. “We will disseminate news in case we have any confirmed reports from credible sources,” told a Matters India reporter.

Bishop Paul Hinder, who heads the Catholic Church in Yemen, also dismissed the crucifixion news as rumors.

The news about crucifixion came as a delegation from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) was planning to meet India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on March 28 to seek government help to release the 56-year-old priest.

Fr Uzhunnalil was abducted by the Islamic State militants on March 4 from a Missionaries of Charity center in Aden, southern Yemen.

Another WhatsApp message a week before Good Friday had indicated ISIS would crucify Fr Uzhunnalil on Good Friday, when Christians all over the world commemorated Jesus’s suffering and death on the cross.

Fr Uzhunnalil was taken by ISIS militants from a Missionaries of Charity center in Aden, Yemen, on March 4 after gunning down 16 people, including four Mother Teresa nuns, who helped in a home for the elderly.

Global efforts to free the priest included attempts by the Vatican and the Federal Bureau of Investigation working with Church groups in the Persian Gulf region for the priest’s rescue. The Indian embassy officials in Djibouti, a North African nation, were also working hard to free Fr Uzhunnalil.

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20 Responses to Indian Salesian priest crucified on Good Friday?

  1. Ken Sears

    ISIS is a pack of psycho-sexual deviants getting off on bestially brutal sadism in a desperate attempt to stimulate their cauterized souls enough to achieve some illusion of existence. They are the walking dead, and the excrement of Satan on earth.

     
  2. Dr Roy Chwdhury

    The report on Fr Tom’s alleged crucifixion with an interrogative headline is timely. While the lead appears to be a bit ‘sensational’ the rest of the story gives an accurate account of the rumours making the rounds over the Easter weekend.
    I fail to understand why it has raised heckles of so many readers of Matters India news portal!
    If anyone should to be taken to task for spreading false rumours, it is the archbishop of Bangalore and Cardinal of Vienna who have withdrawn their statements, and the Dubai based prayer group which posted the alleged “crucifixion” news on their site.

     
  3. Philip

    There are times when it’s not very easy to confirm, or ascertain the veracity of such stories.

     
  4. Fr. EDWARD THOMAS

    his information is not true. The official spoke person of salesinas says that it is’ NOT’ an official news. As far i know the Arch Bishop of Bangalore has not said any thing about what the news is claiming. please remove out this posting and wait for some good news about fr. Tom.
    fr. Edward Thomas President of CRI Bangalore. previous commend one “NOT’ is missing ( it is not an official news)

     
  5. Johannes

    http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/blog/fate-of-kidnapped-fr-tom-uzhannil-remains-unknown/

    Bishop Paul Hinder of Southern Arabia, the country just north of Yemen where Fr. Uzhunnalil was kidnapped, told CNA on Monday that he has “strong indications that Fr. Tom is still alive in the hands of the kidnappers,” but could not give further information in order to protect the life of the priest. Bishop Hinder added that Cardinal Schönborn has since corrected his alleged statement, which was made on the basis of an incorrect statement from Archbishop Moras in Bangalore.

     
  6. Johannes

    Bishop Paul Hinder of Southern Arabia, the country just north of Yemen where Fr. Uzhunnalil was kidnapped, told CNA on Monday that he has “strong indications that Fr. Tom is still alive in the hands of the kidnappers,” but could not give further information in order to protect the life of the priest. Bishop Hinder added that Cardinal Schönborn has since corrected his alleged statement, which was made on the basis of an incorrect statement from Archbishop Moras in Bangalore. courtesy: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/blog/fate-of-kidnapped-fr-tom-uzhannil-remains-unknown/

     
  7. PLAITO WILLIAM

    I know him personally . He was the Vice Principal When I was in Don Boaco Tech Vaduthala, Kochi, Kerala in 1993-94

     
  8. Fr. Thomas Ambattukuzhiyil VC

    Cardinal has modified his Statement that there is hope that Fr. Tom is still alive

    https://www.erzdioezese-wien.at/site/home/nachrichten/article/49574.html

     
  9. gaurav

    You’re the worst journalist I’ve ever come through…huh

     
  10. PLAITO WILLIAM

    Mother Teresa Lane
    Kaloor

     
  11. George Plathottam

    Journalism at its worse.

     
  12. Johannes

    This is absolutely not a good journalism! Why are you doing this? Is it one of your ways to become famous, please do remember, you will end up being infamous. All your good works will be eroded by such unconfirmed news and rumors on your website. Do something substantial soon to restore credibility!

     
  13. Michael Thomas Olasaiel

    why Channel mattersindia spread the rumors without any substantial evidence of Fr Toms crucification by ISIS.Presently the social medias are the terroriss..

     
  14. Robin Gomes

    By reporting Fr. Tom’s execution with a link to Austrian Card. Schonborn (and removing the link later), and attributing the news to the Austrian and other media with a question mark (?) at the end, MatterIndia is just reporting a rumour not a fact. It could be true; it could be false – we don’t know. If true, then MattersIndia will certainly be another ‘Tehelka’. I think you should withdraw the story.

     
  15. Valarkodu Mathew

    Not the terrorists but the social media is engaged in crucifying Fr Tom right now. What crime has he done to deserve this double crucifixion?

     
  16. Valarkodu Mathew

    Don Bosco Provincial House
    PB No. 551, Milton Street,

     
  17. fr. Edward Thomas

    This information is not true. The official spoke person of salesinas says that it is an official news. As far i know the Arch Bishop of Bangalore has not said any thing about what the news is claiming. please remove out this posting and wait for some good news about fr. Edward Thomas President of CRI Bangalore.

     
  18. Cleo Braganza

    How credible are the sources that you have cited in this article? This news article seems to be based on rumours that are floating on various social communication channels… not a bit of credibility in all this.

     
  19. Isaac Gomes

    Joeyanna is absolutely correct. Has the Archbishop Bernard Moras of Bangalore confirmed the news of the execution of Fr Thomas Uzhunnalil? No such statement was officially issued or announced during Easter Sunday either by the Archbishop or by CBCI. Also it is very difficult to figure out the connectivity between Austria Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna confirmation during the Easter Vigil at Stephansdom that the Salesian Father Thomas Uzhunnalil was crucified by ISIS on Good Friday and its certification Archbishop Bernard Moras of Bangalore. Austria and Bangalore are poles apart.

    Also if the execution (God forbid it did not) did take place on Good Friday, how could Mrs Susma Swaraj India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweet on Saturday morning, the next day that they were trying to rescue the abducted priest? Isn’t it contradictory?

     
  20. Joeyanna

    Dear Sir,
    Has the Bishop confirmed this himself with you?

    Unless you have received a confirmation letter from the Bishop himself or from CBCI, how could you publish such a delicate news, unless you find it part of your strategy to engage in rumour!!

    We consider mattersindia a reputed news channel , we would be grateful if you publish only credible news, and not just banter which goes around in newspapers or whatsapp, which do not qualify the source of the news.

     
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