Salzburger Nachtrichten reports that Father Tom Uzhunnalil was crucified by ISIS in Yemen on Good Friday. Their report was based on a broadcast of an Easter service featuring His Eminence Christoph Schonborn, Arcbhishop of Vienna. The report has not been independently confirmed. (I read a Google Translate version and had multiple German- speaking friends look at it for me as well.)
It was previously reported by Sunday Express that emergency measure had been taken by the Indian government to try to prevent the murder of the priest:
The Indian government said it was “making all efforts” to secure the release of Father Tom Uzhunnalil who was abducted in Yemen last month.
The Catholic priest went missing after ISIS allegedly attacked a care home run by Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity.
The external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj yesterday confirmed the government was desperately trying to rescue the priest.
The minister’s remarks came as reports claim that the terror group planned to execute the priest on Good Friday.
Witness for Church and Pope also has the story based on the Salzburg report:
Austrian media is reporting that Cardinal Schönborn of Vienna confirmed last night, during the Easter Vigil at Stephansdom that the Salesian priest, Fr. Thomas Uzhunnalil was crucified by ISIS on Good Friday. Polonia Christiana is also carrying the news, based on the Austrian reports.
Polonia Christiana, a Polish news source also has a report.
Please continue to pray for Fr. Tom and pray for all of the other Christian martyrs in the Middle East due to recent events. Continue to pray for all of those persecuted for their faith as well.
I’d also like to include a prayer below.
Eternal God, Creator of all things, remember that Thou alone didst create the souls of infidels, framing them to Thine own image and likeness; behold, O Lord, how, to Thy dishonor, hell is daily replenished with them. Remember, O Lord, Thine only Son, Jesus Christ, Who suffered for them, most bountifully shedding His precious blood. Suffer not, O Lord, Thy Son and our Lord to be any longer despised by infidels. But, rather, being appeased by the entreaties and prayers of the elect, the saints, and of the Church, the most blessed spouse of Thy Son; be mindful of Thy mercy, yet forgetful of their idolatry and infidelity. Cause all to know Him Whom Thou didst send, Jesus Christ Thy Son, our Lord, Who is our health, life, and resurrection, through Whom we are freed and saved, to Whom be all glory forever. Amen
Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.