Last week rumors spread through lots of media on the internet stating that the kidnapped Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil was crucified by the ISIS terrorist group on Good Friday. And this made serious wave causing panic and rise of temper in the hearts of many Christians (Especially Catholics).
The report of Fr. Tom’s crucifixion is approved to be like false and irresponsible by Bishop Paul Hinder of Southern Arabia (a region in Saudi Arabia, the country just north of Yemen where Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil was kidnapped).
The likely false report was ignited on the basis of the statement an Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna allegedly made during Easter vigil services. But Cardinal Schönborn issued the statement based on a wrong information he was feed during the Good Friday ceremony. He has subsequently issued a correction, saying that he has no knowledge of Father Uzhunnalil’s fate.
“Cardinal Schönborn has already corrected his statement which he had made on the basis of the wrong statement of Archbishop Moras in Bangalore. Certain media in India are too nervous and curious and not aware that they are playing with the life of Fr. Tom. I cannot say more for the reason I gave in my first sentence (to protect the life of Fr. Tom),” Bishop Hinder told CNA.
“We have absolutely no information” on Fr. Uzhunnalil, said Father Mathew Valarkot, spokesman for the Salesians’ Bangalore province to which the kidnapped priest belongs.
Bishop Paul Hinder, the apostolic vicar for Yemen, has said that there are “strong indications that Father Tom is still alive and in the hands of the kidnappers.” He declined to provide further details.